The Harkness Discussion Method

[by Graham Mason]
In 6th form Art crits, we use a similar method to the ‘String Ball Discussion’, following research into the Harkness Discussion method. The Harkness Discussion is a method of conducting and evaluating group discussion which was developed at Phillips Exeter Academy. We track a map of the conversation to monitor regularity of contribution by students using the maps that I came across when conducting research into monitoring group discussion.

harkness pic

It can be very powerful because it visually evidences to your students the dynamics of an effective and ineffective discussion.


Crit assessment

Crit participation guidelines



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