Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms, 2nd Edition
June 2012, Jossey-Bass
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.
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.
"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
--Gary Cale, associate professor of language and literature, Jackson Community College, Michigan