Selecting Topics for a Discussion
A group discussion can be defined as a group of people who get together to
exchange information, experiences, or their opinions. In most cases, these
people will be working towards the same goal. Group discussions are a great way
to help members learn to express their ideas to a group.
However, group discussions tend to be more
formal than standard conversations. When you plan a group discussion, it is
important for you to make sure you select the right topic. The topic that you
choose should be something that the other members are interested in.
The topic that you choose should be one that allows the members to express their
own questions or statements. When you present these topics to the group, you
will want to present it in the form of a question. In most cases, open-ended
questions are best, unless the group needs to learn a specific skill. The
questions that you ask should be relevant on multiple levels, and they should
engage the members of the group. It is important that the members of the group
are able to build on the questions, and everyone should be able to participate.
When you ask a question which is related to a topic, give the members a bit of
time to think about it. This will allow them to come up with ideas or solutions
that can be useful. During group discussion, the topic that is chosen should be
something that allows the members of the group to fall back on past knowledge
they have gained. Most importantly, the topic that is discussed should allow the
members to think. When the group is able to ponder a certain topic, they will be
able to come up with important ideas. In addition to the leader, the members
should also be allowed to raise their own questions, as long as they are related
to the topic.
Group discussions are important because they allow each member to become
independent. Though there are members of a group that will work together to come
up with ideas or solutions, they can become independent by assisting the group.
In addition to this, group discussion can also allow the participants to develop
collaboration skills. The leader will also be able to work with each member on
an individual level. When you select a topic for discussion, it is crucial to
make sure it is clear to all those who are participating. It may be helpful to
provide discussion guides for the members.
It is also important to pay attention to the size of the group. A group of five
people is best for group discussions, and can allow the leader and members to
interact with each other. If the group is too large, it may be difficult to
manage, and the ability for members to interact with each other may be reduced.
If the members will be given certain tasks that they must perform, it is
important for this to be clear to them. Everyone should understand the tasks
that they are required to perform. If the group discussion is held on a regular
basis, it may be useful to have the members rotate between roles so that they
can gain experience carrying out a number of different tasks.
Once the topic has been chosen, it may be helpful for the group to establish
procedures that can help the attain a certain goal. It is important that all
participants work for the best interests of the group instead of themselves. In
addition to this, it is also important to create a schedule that the members
will follow. All members should listen to the statements and opinions of others,
even if they do not agree with the points that are being raised.
It is also important to make sure everyone is
focused on the discussion. If you are one a schedule, there is little room for
digressing. It is important that members talk about issues rather than attacking
members who have an opinion which differs from their own.
When a member is given a role, it is important for them to accept and follow it.
When a group discussion is held in this way, it will be beneficial to everyone
who participates in it.