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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 35

Justifiable Pressure

Similar to Baptiste (2000) we believe there is such a thing as ethical coercion: using your authority to force someone to do something he or she doesn't want to do because you judge it's in their best interests. In the case of discussion, we know that unless those unused to speaking participate early on in a series of meetings, the chances that they will say anything falls precipitously as time goes by, so sometimes we have to pressure people to speak up so they know their voices will be heard.

Purposes

  • To get usually silent participants used to contributing to a discussion
  • To provide a range of safe ways to get people over the anxiety of speaking for the first time

How It Works

To make justifiable pressure ...

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