Using the Class Group

 Reporting Back

This may seem an arcane subject to have a page all to itself, but it deserves more attention than it gets.

"Reporting back" is the usual term for the process of feeding back material from group deliberations into a plenary session (the phrase is "reporting out" in the States). It is important because, except in some specialised circumstances, it is necessary in order to give value to the group discussions. Members often put a lot of themselves into small group activities, and if they do not feel that sufficient attention is paid to their efforts, they may well be turned off the whole activity, and even the course.

The Standard Method

It is worth going through the standard method, and making a couple of points about it, because it has proved itself but is often not used "properly" (whatever you take that to mean).

Variations on the Theme

The Plenary Discussion

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Original material by James Atherton: last up-dated overall 10 February 2013

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