Stimulating Discussion with Questions

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Stimulating Discussion with Questions The success of any discussion depends upon participation. The skillful use of questions will encourage discussion.  You should constantly be on alert for cues from the group that suggest problems. If participants begin to fidget, look  bored, or show by their expressions that they don’t understand or disagree, you should ask questions to find out  what is going on. Questions are of four basic types : General , which elicit a broad range of potential responses Specific , which focus in on an idea leaving a limited range of responses Overhead , which are asked of the group allowing volunteers to respond Direct , which are asked of a selected individual General and overhead questions are less threatening and therefore are better to start a discussion. Direct and specific  questions are best use after participants become more comfortable with group discussion. Guidelines for generating discussion : 1. Ask for feelings or opinions  to help express their ideas and encourage the discussion. “What is your reaction  to. .?”  “How do you feel about. .?”  “What brings you to conclude that…. .?” 2. Paraphrase  is one way to help people reach mutual understanding. “Let me see if I understand you  position…?” “Before you do on, do you mean that …. .?” 3. Encourage participation by directing questions to specific participants
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