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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 7

Rotating Stations

This is a way of debriefing small-group work in which participants stay together in their groups.

Purposes

  • To ensure that each participant's work is studied intensely by everyone in the class, workshop, or meeting
  • To encourage introverts and ESL speakers to participate in exchanging ideas
  • To create a permanent record of what was discussed
  • To challenge groups to consider multiple perspectives
  • To help participants build on earlier responses, thus creating a more organically developing conversation
  • To increase the variety, richness, and fun of small-group interactions

How It Works

  • A question is posed and small groups discuss their responses. We have allotted anywhere from ten to forty-five minutes for this ...

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