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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 13

Nominating Questions

When moving from small- to large-group discussions it's sometimes difficult to decide what should be the focus of the large-group discussion. Nominating Questions addresses this concern by inviting participants to vote for which question or questions will be the focus for whole-group exploration.

Purposes

  • To give participants control over the focus of large-group discussion
  • To provide small groups practice in developing engaging questions for large-group discussion
  • To avoid the loss of energy that sometimes afflicts reporting back to a group
  • To ensure an organic connection between small- and large-group discussions

How It Works

  • Small groups engage in a discussion of a topic or focus question.
  • One person ...

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