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ERIC Number: EJ797166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Designing Discussions: Four Ways to Open up a Dialogue
Henning, John E.; Nielsen, Lynn E.; Henning, Maria C.; Schulz, Eric Uwe
Social Studies, v99 n3 p122-126 May-Jun 2008
Discussion-based teaching has long been recognized as a way to promote civic engagement. However, increasing the amount and quality of student talk in social studies classrooms has proven very difficult in practice. This article's purpose is to show how teachers can design a discussion to increase student involvement. A well-designed discussion will satisfy the following three conditions: the topic will be arguable, located within the students' existing knowledge base, and educational in purpose. These conditions can be met by using the four discussion designs featured in this article, including responding to a problem, responding to an observation, responding to a narrative, and reflecting on classroom activities. Each of these designs is fully described and illustrated with examples. The article concludes with a teacher's description of how he designed and implemented a discussion in his classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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