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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 9

Conversational Moves

Conversational Moves provides an opportunity for people to practice genuinely reciprocal discussion based on careful listening and responding by providing very specific examples of different ways to enact such a discussion. This exercise works well with technique 49, Conversational Roles, because the moves are specific enactments of the roles we suggest people play.

Purposes

  • To broaden awareness of what counts as good participation in discussion
  • To give participants practice in performing specific discussion actions
  • To make discussion a collaborative endeavor in which acknowledging and strengthening connections among group members are emphasized
  • To alert participants to underused discussion actions such as ...

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