Group Discussion in Communication

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Advantages

Enhances learning in both the affective and cognitive domains. Is both learner-centered and subject-centered.
Stimulates learners to think about issues and problems.
Encourages learners to exchanges their own expereinces, thereby making learning more active and less isolating. Provides the opportunity for sharing of ideas and concerns. Fosters positive peer support and feelings of belonging.

Reinforces previous learning.

More simply put:
• Ideas can be generated.
• Ideas can be shared.
• Ideas can be 'tried out'.
• Ideas can be responded to by others.

Disadvantages

One member of the group can dominate the discussion.
Easy to digress from the topic.
Shy learners may refuse to become involved or may need a great deal of encouragement to participate. Requires skill to tactfully redirect learners who digress or dominate without losing their trust and that of other group members. Particularly challenging for the novice teacher when group members do not interact easily. More time consuming for the transmission of information than other methods such as lecture. Requires the teacher's presence at all sessions to act as a facilitator and resource person. MBA Distance Learning

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Advantages:
* You aren't learning from just the instructor. You get to hear a wider range of opinions and learn from many people... and contribute and teach others yourself. * The discussion will necessarily get deeper than a lecture, and will probably apply more to everyday life, since students often focus on thier own experiences to back up their points. Disadvantages:

* Takes a lot more time
*...
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