Evaluating Your Own Performance in Leading a Small Group Discussion

  • Jon CornwallEmail author


Small group discussions are a valuable tool that can promote and enhance student learning through the implementation and development of skills such as listening, questioning, explaining and responding, with these skills forming the platform for facilitating discussion and thinking. Teachers need to be able to evaluate their own performance in small group discussions in order to continually improve their ability to develop, refine and improve their practice in leading these classes. Critical reflection and feedback are two important methods that allow teachers to gather information about their teaching. Critical reflection involves individuals being able to identify and consider the assumptions that underpin their actions in order to develop a better understanding about the concepts that influence their behaviour, while feedback asking involves the gathering of information from others about their teaching. Both critical reflection and feedback are important tools for teachers as they provide different information, with both able to be used to improve teachers’ own performance.


Teaching Session Critical Reflection Teaching Performance Ongoing Basis Small Group Discussion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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