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SIGNIFICANCE OF GROUP DISCUSSIONS By: Mehak Gupta (A2305213028) Kartikey Agarwal (A2305213017) Arushi Mahajan (A2305213064)

Reasons For Having a G.D.:

Reasons For Having a G.D. a) It helps you to understand a subject more deeply.  b) It improves your ability to think critically.  c) It helps in solving a particular problem.  d) It helps the group to make a particular decision.  e) It gives you the chance to hear other students' ideas.  f) It improves your listening skills.  g) It increases your confidence in speaking.  h) It can change your attitudes.  i ) It helps you to understand a subject more deeply. 


Observe Attend as many seminars and tutorials as possible and notice what other students do. Ask yourself: a) How do other students make critical comments?  b) How do they ask questions?  c) How do they disagree with or support arguments?  d) What special phrases do they use to show politeness even when they are voicing disagreement?  e) How do they signal to interrupt, ask a question or make a point? 

Discussion Etiquette:

Discussion Etiquette Do a) Speak pleasantly and politely to the group.  b) Respect the contribution of every speaker.  c) Remember that a discussion is not an argument. Learn to disagree politely.  d) Think about your contribution before you speak. How best can you answer the question/ contribute to the topic?  e) Try to stick to the discussion topic. Don't introduce irrelevant information.  f) Be aware of your body language when you are speaking.  g) Agree with and acknowledge what you find interesting. 

Discussion Etiquette:

Discussion Etiquette Don't a) Lose your temper. A discussion is not an argument.  b) Shout. Use a moderate tone and medium pitch.  c) Use too many gestures when you speak. Gestures like finger pointing and table thumping can appear aggressive.  d) Dominate the discussion. Confident speakers should allow quieter students a chance to contribute.  e) Draw too much on personal experience or anecdote. Although some tutors encourage students to reflect on their own experience, remember not to generalize too much.  f) Interrupt. Wait for a speaker to finish what they are saying before you speak. 

Leading A Discussion:

Leading A Discussion You may be in a seminar group that requires you to lead a group discussion, or lead a discussion after an oral presentation. You can demonstrate leadership by: a) introducing yourself and the members of the group  b) stating the purpose of the discussion  c) inviting quiet group members to speak  d) being objective  e) summarizing the discussion

Skills Required In G.D:

Skills Required In G.D Communication Skills Interpersonal Skills Leadership Skills Motivational Skills Team Building Skills Tolerance to Ambiguity Divergent Thinking Listening skills Presentation Skills Analytical / Logical skills

Chairing a G.D:

Chairing a G.D Introducing the topic and purpose of the discussion Making sure all members have approximately the same time, (i.e. no one dominates the discussion by taking too much time) Thanking group members for their contribution Being objective in summarizing the group's discussion and achievements. 

Benefits Of G.D :

Benefits Of G.D Participation adds interest Participation engages students Participation provides the teacher feedback Participation provides the students feedback. Participation can be used to promote preparation. Participation can be used to control what’s happening in class. Participation can be used to balance who’s contributing in class and how much.


Conclusion Thus we can conclude that Group Discussion is really important and there are certain guidelines for proper participation in a GD which when followed allows a proper group discussion to take place.


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