This chapter focuses on discussion-based teaching. It is about discussion-based learning as much as discussion-based teaching. Because discussion and lecture are the two most common forms of college classroom instruction, it is essential to consider the merits, value, and benefits of each when planning and delivering instruction for students. The chapter explains why discussion is used in teaching and how it can be used to promote student learning. It explores the types of challenges teachers confront in using discussion-based teaching, and how to address those challenges. The chapter also considers ways to begin discussions in class and then sustain and conclude them, and it provides general guidelines for class participation in both small and large classes.
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