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ERIC Number: EJ798288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Fine-Tuning the Craft of Teaching by Discussion
Huang, Li-Shih
Business Communication Quarterly, v68 n4 p492-500 2005
Extensive research in cognitive psychology and education shows that discussion facilitates "depth of processing" (Craik & Lockhart, 1972), which in turn promotes thinking, understanding, and retaining information. It is also well recognized that an effectively facilitated discussion is one of the most valuable vehicles for learning. In MBA classrooms, discussion is one of the most used instructional methods. Fine-tuning the skills involved in guiding classroom discussions is a valuable addition to an instructor's teaching repertoire, so that he or she may deal with both the expected and the unexpected. This article presents the top 10 pointers derived from the author's own practice and from her instruction of future faculty (international teaching assistants), in her constant quest for ways to boost student learning and to elevate instructor skills at facilitating discussion. These pointers include: (1) expand your repertoire of ways to pose questions; (2) begin the discussion with a familiar experience and keep it on track; (3) stretch your tolerance; (4) exercise effective listening skills; (5) facilitate dialogue among participants and foster an inquiry-driven community; (6) encourage students to explore a variety of viewpoints; (7) help students to clarify thoughts; (8) use the linking technique; (9) pay attention to individual participation styles; and (10) learn about cross-cultural differences in communication. The author's experience has included both novice and experienced users of discussion methods across various contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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