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Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms / Edition 2

Brookfield, Stephen D., and Preskill, Stephen
John Wiley & Sons, San Francisco
LB2331.B679 2005
Topics: Discussion

Additional Info:
Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of the landmark book Discussion as a Way of Teaching shows how to plan, conduct, and assess classroom discussions. Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill suggest exercises for starting discussions, strategies for maintaining their momentum, and ways to elicit diverse views and voices. The book also includes new exercises and material on the intersections between discussion and the encouragement of democracy in the classroom. This revised edition expands on the original and contains information on adapting discussion methods in online teaching, on using discussion to enhance democratic participation, and on the theoretical foundations for the discussion exercises described in the book.

Throughout the book, Brookfield and Preskill clearly show how discussion can enliven classrooms, and they outline practical methods for ensuring that students will come to class prepared to discuss a topic. They also explain how to balance the voices of students and teachers, while still preserving the moral, political, and pedagogic integrity of discussion. (From the Publisher)

Table Of Content:
ch. 1 Discussion in a democratic society

ch. 2 How discussion helps learning and enlivens classrooms

ch. 3 Preparing for discussion

ch. 4 Getting discussion started

ch. 5 Keeping discussion going through questioning, listening, and responding

ch. 6 Keeping discussion going through creative grouping

ch. 7 Discussion in culturally diverse classrooms

ch. 8 Discussing across gender differences

ch. 9 Keeping students' voices in balance

ch. 10 Keeping teachers' voices in balance

ch. 11 Understanding the dynamics of online discussion

ch. 12 Creating the conditions for online discussion

ch. 13 How theory can inform discussion practice

ch. 14 Discussion groups as democratic learning laboratories

ch. 15 Evaluating discussion
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