ABSTRACT

Discussion Here a larger group of pupils and their teacher,or a smaller group of pupils without their teacher’s constant presence,work to share understandings and ideas. The focus may be the interpretation of something which is ambiguous (an unknown product - such as a porridge stirrer,an ‘old’ product or one from another country),the sharing of experiences,the pooling of ideas,or the eliciting of opinions on an issue of common interest (for example,the use of packaging,or recycling of materials). Discussions may lead to enhanced individual understanding,or they may require negotiation in the interests of arriving at a group consensus.