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Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, 2nd Edition by K. Patricia Cross, Claire Howell Major, Elizabeth F. Barkley

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Chapter 9Techniques for Discussion

Exchanging information, ideas, and opinions in open and provocative discussion lies at the heart of collaborative learning. McKeachie describes discussion as the prototypic teaching method for active learning and one of the most valuable tools in the teacher's repertoire (2002). Davis notes, “A good give-and-take discussion can produce unmatched learning experiences as students articulate their ideas, respond to their classmates' points, and develop skills in evaluating the evidence of their own and others' positions” (1993, p. 63). Use of discussion as an effective teaching tool is well established: class discussion has been the single most popular instructional method in higher education, with 88 percent ...

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