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Classroom discussions sharpen thinking skills and increase the students’ ability to express their thoughts orally. This issue of CDTL Brief on Discussion in the Classroom presents strategies and tips on how to get the students to talk.

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Keep Talking!
Marie-Véronique Clément
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry
Research has shown that students build better knowledge and understanding through discussion. Classroom discussion can help students clarify issues and relate new knowledge to prior knowledge. Discussion also elicits higher levels of thinking than the traditional lecture approach and helps students to retain knowledge. Continue reading

Classroom Discussions: Some Practical Hints
Kevin S. Carlson, Ph.D.
Former Educational Development Specialist,
Leading discussions can be a complex teaching activity. It is certainly more open, challenging and demands more attention from the teacher than many lecture techniques. However, such efforts can be rewarded with more active students who come to understand the material in deeper and more intricate ways. Continue reading

Class Discussions: Its Benefits
Ma. Socorro C. Bacay
Senior Instructor
School of Management and Information Technology
College Registrar, De La Salle University, College of St. Benilde, Philippines
In terms of encouraging students to take a more active role in their learning, few strategies outweigh the benefits of class discussions. Continue reading

Guidelines for Conducting Classroom Discussions
Winston Lee Piak Nam
Human Resource Management Specialist
Human Resource Management Unit
People of all ages love discussions. We discuss various subjects of interest with our family members, friends, colleagues and schoolmates everyday. This ability to communicate with one another is a gift from God. Continue reading