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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 37

Quotes to Affirm and Challenge

Discussions based on preassigned reading are some of the hardest to facilitate. Some participants only skim the reading; others ignore it entirely or come determined to talk only about one idea that captures their attention. When the conversation opens, it quickly becomes an exchange of generalizations and platitudes with claims attributed to the text that stand unchecked. This technique is intended to address these problems.

Purposes

  • To ensure everyone reads the material beforehand
  • To keep the discussion focused on the text
  • To prevent inaccurate attributions
  • To reveal similarities and differences in how people respond to a reading
  • To highlight parts of the text that were most resonant or dissonant ...

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