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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 8

Snowballing

Snowballing comes from the metaphor of a snowball rolling down a hill. At the top it's a small ball but as it descends it gathers pace to become bigger until arriving at the bottom as a large globe. A snowballing discussion begins with individual reflection followed by sharing in ever-larger groups until everyone is involved. Earlier themes become expanded, deepened, and reconfigured as the group size increases.

Purposes

  • To make sure everyone gets a chance to participate
  • To provide a range of modalities in one experience—individual reflection, paired exchange, small-group discussion, and whole-class or workshop analysis
  • To ensure that discussion progresses organically, with early themes and questions being threaded ...

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