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How to Be an Effective Group Leader by Bill D. Schul

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8 – Handling Group Discussion

From the standpoint of factual learning, the lecture method is as effective as discussion. There are sufficient experimental studies to demonstrate that the two methods are equally productive. A sharp distinction, however, should be made between the learning which results in remembering facts and the learning which results in changes of behavior. The discussion method appears to be more efficient in the latter type of learning. Over and beyond the factual knowledge and more important from the point of view of mental health, are the new skills in human relations that can result from participating in free discussion.

The value of free discussion

There is a rationale underlying learning by free discussion which you, ...

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