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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 30

Writing Discussion

This technique draws on the advantages of online discussion boards and chat rooms and transfers them to live, face-to-face discussion settings. In small groups, participants respond to a question or problem through texting, instant messaging, or handwriting in block letters on notecards. A debrief reflects on its strengths and weaknesses.

Purposes

  • To experience relating to others who may or may not be physically present solely through written, not oral, communication
  • To support those who find the fast pace of oral discussion unnerving and who prefer a more deliberative style of written communication
  • To combine written communication with eye contact, gesturing, body language, and touch

How It Works

  • In small ...

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