Teacher Study Groups: Building Community Through Dialogue and Reflection

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Barb Birchak
National Council of Teachers of English, Jan 1, 1998 - Education - 148 pages
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Highlighting the issues involved in starting and maintaining a teacher study group, this book provides practical suggestions for organizing, facilitating, and dealing with group dynamics within a study group. It addresses the details that go into making decisions about the time, place, group size, resources, and structure of the meetings, as well as potential difficulties and ways to address them. Guidelines, samples of notes, transcripts of actual conversations all help to re-create the ecology of existing study groups. Chapters in the book are: (1) Why Form a Teacher Study Group?; (2) What Is a Study Group?; (3) How Are Study Groups Organized?; (4) How Are Study Groups Facilitated?; (5) What Does a Study Group Session Sound Like?; (6) What Are the Issues That Study Groups Confront?; and (7) What Is the Influence of Dialogue and Reflection beyond the Study Group? Contains 23 references. (RS)

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What Is a Study Group?
How Are Study Groups Organized?
How Are Study Groups Facilitated?
What Does a Study Group Session Sound Like?
What Are the Issues that Study Groups Confront?
What Is the Influence of Dialogue and Reflection

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