Discussions are an excellent strategy for enhancing student motivation, fostering intellectual agility, and encouraging democratic habits. They create opportunities for students to practice and sharpen a number of skills; the ability to articulate and defend positions, consider different points of view, and enlist and evaluate evidence.
While discussions provide avenues for exploration and discovery, leading a discussion can be anxiety-producing. A moderator plays significant role in handling the heated arguments, misunderstanding etc. Group discussions are, by their nature, volatile, and require faculties to surrender a certain degree of control over the flow of information. When group discussions are carefully planned it helps in ensuring that discussions are lively without being chaotic and exploratory without losing focus. When planning a discussion, it is helpful to consider not only cognitive, but also social, emotional, and physical factors that can foster the productive exchange of ideas.
On Tuesday, 10th October 2017 we conducted group discussions on the following topics:
Group One: Cabinet Reshuffle – Positive vs Negative
Group Two: Planning Commission vs Niti Ayog
Group Three: Whether India needs Caste Reservations Today?
Group Four: Child Sexual Harassment – Legal Lacuna
Group Five: Do We Need Film Censor Board?
Group Six: Is Article 370 of Constitution Void?
We at MM BGIMS recognize that the main objective of any GD is to provide wide range of solutions to a particular problem and then streamlining and creating a viable consensus solution by means of discussion. Discussions always provide more knowledge base. GD generates ideas by way of sharing and exchanging and, at times, it unlocks many things unconsciously as everyone has hidden potential.
Therefore, after the completion of group discussions each group was provided a faculty who moderated and provided feedback to the participant. Each group was given marks based on various parameters such as attitude, confidence, communication, interpersonal skills, and flow of thoughts. Students and faculties thoroughly enjoyed the session.