Teaching Strategy Tip #38

Fostering Class Discussion

Principles of good discussion, as specified by Brookfield and Presskill (2007), are to be used under the following appropriate conditions:

  • When multiple perspectives on content are possible
  • When applications of content to real life settings are being considered
  • When students already have grasped the essentials or basics of what is being discussed, the ‘grammar’ of the activity
  • When there is a genuine openness about where the discussion might lead.

Further, the chances for good discussion are raised when:

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Teaching Strategy Tip #7

Become a Critically Reflective Instructor*

Strategy: Obtain feedback from students on their engagement in the course

Time: (1) About ten minutes of class time
(2) Depending on the number of students, the results may take some time to enter, code, and tabulate, creating categories of responses. The results can also be grouped in broad categories and use stick-counting to tabulate the results, picking out exemplar quotes.

Materials: The [PDF] Critical Incident Questionnaire poses five questions to be answered without having students write their names. The questions are:

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