ERIC Number: ED401952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
The Student Seminar: A Powerful Tool for In-Depth, Critical Discussion.
Intended as a resource for student seminars, this guide describes the seminar process and provides suggestions for making seminars more productive. First, the learning objectives of the seminar process are listed, indicating that students should gain the following skills: group interaction, integrative discussion, critical evaluation, and exploring and mining a text. Next, positive outcomes of student seminars are presented: shy or reserved students find voice, students experience diverse views and gain a clearer understanding of texts, and smaller group discussion allows exploration of texts that might not occur in the classroom environment. A general description of seminars is then provided, focusing on basic processes, the responsibilities of the seminar group, and the intellectual activity that seminars provide, and the roles of the teacher and students are described, explaining the teacher's role as an experienced learner and the students' roles as facilitators, observers, or participants. A list of suggestions prepared by seminar participants at Washington's North Seattle Community College for making seminars more productive and comfortable is then provided, emphasizing the importance of being prepared, participating, and maintaining sensitive and polite interpersonal relations. The remainder of the guide describes the use of seminar reflection papers, criteria for assessing seminar observers, seven levels of seminar participation for use in assessing participants, and concerns and drawbacks of the seminar process. (TGI)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the Community Colleges Humanities Association (San Francisco, CA, November 7-9, 1996).