The Art of Focused Conversation for Schools describes a questioning method for facilitating classroom (or faculty meeting) discussions. I found the book pretty light-weight. It only takes a few pages to describe the method, which revolves around four levels of questioning: objective, reflective, interpretive, and decisional. Most of the book’s pages provide detailed templates of “focused conversations”. I found these semi-scripted “conversations” of dubious value. The questioning method itself seems sound. I think that it’s simplicity (only 4 levels of questioning to remember) gives it some advantage over other questioning methods that I’ve been exposed to.
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