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ERIC Number: EJ794495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Using Discussion Webs to Promote Discussion among Students and Athletes
Bowyer, Garry
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v20 n3 p31-33 Jan-Feb 2007
Classroom teachers want their students to be involved in meaningful discussions. However, it is oftentimes only the teacher or a few students who dominate the conversation, with little input from other group members (Alvermann, 1991; Buehl, 2001). Like classroom teachers, coaches and physical education teachers also allow time for athletes and students to discuss important issues surrounding the sport or activity. Without adequate structure for the discussions, they often run into a similar problem that classroom teachers face. Alvermann (1991) suggests the use of discussion webs to allow for greater student involvement in discussion related to reading in the classroom. Alvermann's discussion web approach is described in a number of texts as an effective comprehension strategy. Coaches and physical education teachers can also use this teaching approach in their setting to discuss significant issues that require in-depth thought. They can help shape further discussion by offering personal insight and experience about the issue. While the coach or teacher's perspective might be different, students and athletes will be more empathetic having worked through the process of the discussion web. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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