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Group activities

  1. 1.  A small group working together in a common venture for a given period of time.  The members grow socially in the group process and are able to accomplish cognitive tasks apart from close teacher direction.  A committee representative may be chosen to report to the entire class.
  2. 2.  A technique to elicit large numbers of imaginative ideas or solutions to open- ended problems.  Group members are encouraged to expand their thinking beyond the routine sort of suggestions.
  3. 3.  Provides an open environment in which group members can discuss their opinions without fear of being “wrong” or being ridicules for holding an unpopular position.  It can also serve to clarify a position or bring new information before the group to correct misconceptions.
  4. 4.  Two positions on a controversial issue are presented formally  Each debate is given a certain amount of time to state a position, to respond to questions from others in the group, and to pose questions.
  5. 5.  It is used to present information on an issue and, if possible, to arrive at group consensus.  Several students (3-8) may sit on a panel.  Each panel member may make an opening statement, but there are no debates among panel members.
  6. 6.  - not as structured as a debate and not as relaxed as the give-and-take exchange of the panel.  - appropriate for airing topics that divide into clear-cut categories or view points.  Participants are expected to represent a particular position and try to convince others, but the method of interaction is more spontaneous and no one is timed as in a debate.
  7. 7.  -are techniques for stepping outside of ones own role and feelings and placing oneself in others situation.  - also serves as a technique for exploring intergroup attitudes and values.
  8. 8.  - is a technique in which group members give their full attention to what one individual wants to express.  The whole group sits in a circle. Two chairs are placed in the center of the circle.  A member who wants to express a point of view does so while sitting in one of the chairs. Any other member who wants to discuss the view takes the other chairs, and the two converse while the others listen. To get into the discussion, students must wait for one chair to be vacated.
  9. 9.  - is the examination of members work by the group.  The group offers constructive comments and suggestions about ways to improve the work.
  10. 10.  - is a quite, informal group, usually four or five students, who sit around a table conversing either among themselves (similar to a buzz session) or with an audience (similar to a forum).
  11. 11.  - is a panel approach in which members interact with an audience