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“Consensus Decision Making” from Wikipedia.

Problem-based Learning


Posing the Problem through Consensus

In the Collaborative Research Model, course participants are first actively engaged in the process of constructing knowledge through their pursuit of a question for research.

Coming to consensus over either a specific topic or some aspect of the topic that will be studied by the group is an important part of creating a learner-centered environment. This early discussion allows the teacher and students to share their ideas about what is a meaningful, worthy, and scholarly endeavor for student researchers in their learning community and to decide together what problem they will study.

Students participating in consensus decision-making around topic selection benefit from the discussion that takes place in making that decision. They also benefit in that they feel (from the start) a sense of “ownership” of their research project.

Written and Oral Deliverables Creating the Assessment Collaborative Deliberation Developing Learning Teams Learning Through Reflection Learning Outcomes Posing the Problem Generating Multiple Perspectives Making Informed Decisions Invitational Communication Climate