return to home page Digital Cameras in Education eBooks in Education Technology Enhanced Literature Circles Effective Distance Education Assistive Technology in Education Teaching Science with Dinosaur Footprints Science Education Resources Other Technology Applications and Fun Stuff
Quick menu - click on the above images

  return to homepage
more about us
courses we teach
educational resources
some of our books and other publications
workshops that we will present
some of our recent presentations
search the DrsCavanaugh site
contact us by email

The Importance of Classroom Discussion

Humans process events verbally
Speech makes thinking “visible,” concrete
Discussion is a way of testing and exploring new ideas
Students acquire knowledge and insight from diverse points of view
Conversation provides practice with problems and concepts
Students’ awareness of, and tolerance for, ambiguity or complexity increases
Students recognize and investigate their assumptions
Attentive, respectful listening is encouraged
Intellectual agility is increased
Students become connected to a topic
It shows respect for students' voices and experiences
Students are affirmed as co-creators of knowledge
It develops the capacity for the clear communication of ideas and meaning
It develops habits of collaborative learning
Students develop skills of synthesis and integration

back icon return to start icon  forward icon

Drs. Cavanaugh 2001

Site Search



Send mail to with questions or comments about this web site.
Copyright © 2006 Drs.Cavanaugh  Last modified: March 06, 2008