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Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms Hardcover – International Edition, March 26, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0787944582 ISBN-10: 0787944580 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Jossey Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 26, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787944580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787944582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,896,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stimulating good discussions is often one of the more difficult tasks of teaching. In this book, Brookfield and Preskill offer a wealth of information and strategies for improving dialogues in the classroom. I found the teacher- and student-centered tone of the book refreshing and the connections drawn between democratic education and discussion methods quite meaningful." (Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost and director, Center for Teaching, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

"Discussion as a Way of Teaching addresses an important, often underutilized pedagogical approach—the discussion method. The book is a practical and valuable resource for all faculty seeking to improve their teaching and create more learner-centered teaching environments." (Jodi Levine, director of first-year programs, Temple University)

"It would be hard for anyone to read this book and not And up with a large number of ideas about how to use discussion in the classroom. Even experienced readers are likely to be challenged in some of their own assumptions." (David Boud, professor of adult education, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

"This book provides an excellent overview of how to cultivate and nurture democratic dispositions and discussion habits in students. Each chapter provides adaptable, practical, and clearly articulated strategies that both novice and experienced teachers can use." (Gary Cale, associate professor of language and literature, Jackson Community College)

"Getting discussion started, keeping it going, attention to cultural and gAnder issues are but a few of the chapter headings. Practical, but grounded in theory and sound educational philosophy, this is a very useful volume." (Ted Bowman, editor, Reader's Corner)

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Praise for the First Edition of Discussion as a Way of Teaching Winner of the 1999 Choice Selection of the American Educational Studies Association

"Stimulating good discussions is often one of the more difficult tasks of teaching. In this book, Brookfield and Preskill offer a wealth of information and strategies for improving dialogues in the classroom. I found the teacher- and student-centered tone of the book refreshing and the connections drawn between democratic education and discussion methods quite meaningful."
--Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost and director, Center for Teaching, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Discussion as a Way of Teaching addresses an important, often underutilized pedagogical approach—the discussion method. The book is a practical and valuable resource for all faculty seeking to improve their teaching and create more learner-centered teaching environments."
--Jodi Levine Laufgraben, director of first-year programs, Temple University

"It would be hard for anyone to read this book and not And up with a large number of ideas about how to use discussion in the classroom. Even experienced teachers are likely to be challenged in some of their own assumptions."
--David Boud, professor of adult education, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

"This book provides an excellent overview of how to cultivate and nurture democratic dispositions and discussion habits in students. Each chapter provides adaptable, practical, and clearly articulated strategies that both novice and experienced teachers can use."
--Gary Cale, associate professor of language and literature, Jackson Community College, Michigan --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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Theories can be applied to religious training even though written for academia.
C. Dunlap
The authors give some really useful and interesting ideas of different techniques and strategies that can be used to promote insightful, prolonged discussions.
Leanne
For people who want to become more effective in using discussion in teaching, especially with adults, this book is an excellent choice.
Mark Manning

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Manning on July 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For people who want to become more effective in using discussion in teaching, especially with adults, this book is an excellent choice. It explains clearly and honestly the value and the limits of using discussion in teaching. From the opening chapter, in which dispositions of discussion are introduced, to chapters on preparing for discussion, sparking discussion, and keeping discussion going, the book remains engaging, practical, and genuinely helpful to those of us striving to become better facilitators of discussion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Jamison VINE VOICE on March 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have been teaching for 10 years and have had lots of opportunity to put these techniques into practice. Many of the times discussions did not go well -- and the book describes why. Many times the discussions went well -- and the book describes why. In short, the book reflects the good and bad experiences I have had and so seems true to my experience. I wish I had a book of this sort when I was first starting out. Since discussion is encouraged today as it enables more action in class, but it can be very daunting encouraging students to get started and keep a discussion productive, fair, and equally engaging for all students. So a guide like this can be a great help. Some of the suggestions are very practical and easy to use and make a big difference in the class.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leanne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been teaching at the college level for over ten years, and I'm always searching for new ideas to use in the classroom. When I ordered this book, I wasn't sure what to expect since the reviews were mixed; however, I was very pleased with this book.

The authors give some really useful and interesting ideas of different techniques and strategies that can be used to promote insightful, prolonged discussions. While I've run across some of the authors' suggestions before (such as using buzz groups or the jigsaw method), most of the suggestions were new and I can certainly see myself using most of the techniques in the classroom in the coming weeks. It is an expensive book, but worth it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tamara on September 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've used discussion a lot over the years and often been frustrated by my students who seemed to be bored with it so I'm always on the look out for something that would help me. I had to read this book for a course I took and so was forced to check it out and I'd say it definitely helped. I liked that it was full of techniques and things for me to try and that it didn't just go into what to do in class but also spoke about how to set up discussions, get students ready for them etc. I can see now that a lot of what I tried before didn't work because my students weren't really ready for them. I'd say I've used about 50 % of the things I read about (some didn't really transfer for my classes) and mostly they worked pretty well. Along with getting students ready for discussion I liked the bits on making sure everyone has a chance to speak and on different types of questioning. The price is a bit high but if you're a teacher who uses discussion a lot and hasn't checked this out it's really worth looking at.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Dunlap on May 7, 2012
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I ordered this book for a class entitled teaching in the church. Theories can be applied to religious training even though written for academia. Examples center around university teaching. The writers are college professors. Writing is clear and the reader may be prompted to use methods in teaching. I can see where professors have used methods in classes I've had. I recommend this book for all teachers in the secular and non secular fields.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Trish on May 19, 2009
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I found this book some years ago when I was looking for adult teaching strategies beyond lecture and discussion. At the time, it was very difficult to find "how-to" books. I didn't need books on the philosophy of education, I needed practical help. That's where this book came in. It gave me ideas I could implement and build on right away and changed the way I teach.

I now teach educators at the graduate level and recommend this resource to my students as a good basic book for their libraries. While lecture has it's place--as do books on educational philosophy--this is an excellent "how-to-do-it" resource for those wanting more.
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