From OER in Education
1 What are they?
Talking points are deliberately thought-provoking statements for discussion and reasoning in small groups.
2 Why use them?
Research shows that using talking points is an effective strategy to promote conceptual learning in a target area for the following reasons:
- They structure the group task yet keeps the discussion open-ended. This is because pupils discuss the points but are free to contribute their own understanding /opinion about the point. In other words, the task is well-defined as well as interactive.
- They help pupils to discuss different aspects of a concept by providing cues for discussion.
- They help to maintain the focus of discussion.