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More About This Title Discussion as a Way of Teaching, Second Edition: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms
Stephen Preskill is Regents Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. He has written extensively on the history of educational reform, the connections between education and democracy, and the role leaders and activists have played historically in fostering meaningful change.
Preface to the First Edition.
1. Discussion in a Democratic Society.
2. How Discussion Helps Learning and Enlivens Classrooms.
3. Preparing for Discussion.
4. Getting Discussion Started.
5. Keeping Discussion Going Through Questioning, Listening, and Responding.
6. Keeping Discussion Going Through Creative Grouping.
7. Discussion in Culturally Diverse Classrooms.
8. Discussing Across Gender Differences (Written with Eleni Roulis).
9. Keeping Students’ Voices in Balance.
10. Keeping Teachers’ Voices in Balance.
11. Understanding the Dynamics of Online Discussion.
12. Creating the Conditions for Online Discussion.
13. How Theory Can Inform Discussion Practice.
14. Discussion Groups as Democratic Learning Laboratories.
15. Evaluating Discussion.
"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