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The Effects of Discussion on College Students` Communication Capability, Problem-solving Capability and Leadership in a General Education Course
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The Effects of Discussion on College Students` Communication Capability, Problem-solving Capability and Leadership in a General Education Course
MOON, Sungchae;
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of small-group discussion and panel discussion as teaching and learning methods on college students` competencies of communication, problem-solving and leadership in a general education course. Participants were 52 college students, and they participated in the 13-session lessons. The data from questionnaires collected before and/or after the experiment were analyzed using a paired t-test and percent. The results were as follows. First, each `total` competency in communication, problem-solving and leadership was increased statistically significant after the experiment. Second, in subdomains of each key competency, `directed communication` and `understanding the perspective of others` in communication, and `divergent thinking`, `decision-making` and `assessment` subdomains in problem-solving, and all subdomains in leadership were increased statistically significant after the experiment. Based on the results and students` opinions about discussions, the education implications for small-group discussion and panel discussion were discussed.
College student;Key competency;Discussion;Communication;Problem-solving;Leadership;
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