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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 16

What Do You Think?

In many discussions you as the facilitator are trying to stay above the fray so participants can wrestle with a complex issue in which no clearly right answer exists. In such situations people will eventually confront you directly and ask what you think. Yet you may well be reluctant to answer for fear of inducing colleagues, students, and community members to parrot your view as the right one. This technique enables you to give your opinion while still asking people to engage with multiple viewpoints.

Purposes

  • To show that you respect participant eagerness to know what you think
  • To give your opinion in a way that doesn't unduly bias subsequent conversation
  • To engage people in thinking through how they judge ...

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