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Brainstorming is a technique that allows the group to produce multiple solutions or ideas to a problem or topic. This activity includes many benefits and roles within the process, especially those of cooperation and leadership. The fundamental goal of this activity is to encourage the generation of thoughtful contributions to the dialogue in an equal and collaborative environment.
- Involves the whole group
- Provides many varied ideas for a difficult problem
- Quick and simple
- Lead the group
- Decide on recording strategy
- Start the process by providing suggestions
- Set a time limit (usually no more than 10 minutes)
- Probe ideas to broaden or narrow, depending on the activity
- Provide ideas
- Decide, as a group, the best way to use the information
- Consider other perspectives
Pattison, P., & Day, R. (2006). Instruction Skills Workshop (ISW) Handbook for Participants. Vancouver: The Instructional Skills Workshop International Advisory Committee.