In this activity, which lasts through the course of seven classes, students work in groups to examine, through others’ inquiry and probing, a complex personal problem (school or work related) with which they have been struggling.
Before starting, students have to come up with an issue that has been bothering them for a while and is connected either to their time in university or their work life. They write this down and give it or send it to the instructor; this allows the instructor to verify that the the problem chosen by the students is appropriate to the activity. This is a graded assignment.
Once the instructor has approved the problems, students, in class, split into groups. In the first round, 2 students present the problem they have chosen to work on. Others ask questions meant to help the person better understand and analyse their issue. Each student does this until all have presented their problem.The outcome of this first phase is to create an action plan that might resolve the problem.
In the following weeks, students come back to their group to reflect on how they are carrying out the action plan and the benefits and challenges of its implementation. Other group members continue to probe and ask questions to help the person understand their actions more in depth.
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