Types of Discussion

The type of discussion held depends on such factors as number of participants the subject to be discussed and the time allowed for the discussion.

1. Panel Discussion – Involves four – eight members.
There are no prepared speeches , instead discussions are expected to follow specific lines to find an answer to question. No set pattern for participation.

2. Symposium
This requires individual discussants either to deal with one assigned area of a discussion question or to present their unique viewpoints on the subject.

3. Round table discussion
This doesn’t include audience participation although observers may be present. It usually begins with a statement of the problem. This is followed by a series of brief reports or observations by several specialists then discussants spontaneously interact.

4. Lecture Discussion
It includes periods of formal, structured presentations or lectures by the discussion leader. Members of discussion group may be given advance assignments to prepare for the lectures. The leader normally designates specific individuals to respond to certain
questions, information or statements. The discussants are allowed to interrupt the leader with questions.

5. Progressive Discussion
It involves several small groups which discuss various, assigned aspects of the same question at the same time. Before the end of discussion period, each leader reports the findings and decisions made by his/her group to the entire session.

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