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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 19

Question Brainstorm

Loosely based on the question formulation technique developed by Rothstein and Santana (2011), a small group addresses a focus statement by brainstorming as many questions as possible.

Purposes

  • To give participants practice in developing different kinds of questions
  • To develop questions that provide a basis for in-depth study
  • To recognize what kinds of questions lead to richer discussion

How It Works

  • In small groups, participants are presented with a focus statement. Examples are “A learning organization cannot be fully realized without a strong commitment to unfettered discussion” and “Teams that regularly practice discussion are likely to have members who feel empowered.”
  • Groups brainstorm as many questions ...

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