With editorial assistance from various IF Fellows, Jack Byrd, Jr., IF’s President and a professor Industrial Engineering at West Virginia University, has developed three different Facilitation Guidebooks and a set of supporting materials that provide straightforward advice and practical tips on using a facilitated discussion process with small groups–whether in a long-term Project Discussion, a shorter-term Public Discussion, or with students in a college classroom. IF Fellows Sue Goodney Lea and Adolf Gundersen have also authored short book, Let’s Talk Politics: Restoring Civility Through Exploratory Discussion, which combines a theoretical framework with some very practical advice on organizing and conducting discussions. In 2015, Shannon Wheatley Hartman and Jack Byrd, Jr. published a Guidebook for Student-Facilitated Discussions in Online Courses, in both an Instructor and Student version. Finally, we have also compiled several, much shorter documents (1-4 pages each) with basic tips for planning and facilitating small-group public discussions.
Other than the Let’s Talk Politics book (available through Amazon and Createspace), you can download copies of any of the other IF facilitation Guidebooks, planning or facilitating tips, or other documents by clicking on the corresponding titles in the table below. You can also request printed copies by submitting the request form listed in the sidebar to the right.
|Title||# of pages / File Size|
64 pages / 5 MB
|Facilitation Guidebook (1st edition, 2005) a guide for facilitating Project Discussions||132 pages / 505 KB|
|Support Materials for the IF Discussion Process (1st edition, 2009) a guide for participants in a Project Discussion||90 pages / 463 KB|
|Facilitation Guidebook for Small Group Citizen Discussions (2nd edition, 2009) a guide for facilitating Public Discussions||89 pages / 535 KB|
|Guidebook for Student-Centered Classroom Discussions (1st edition, 2008) a guide for teachers facilitating college classroom discussions; also available now in Albanian (2012; 141 pages/1.6 MB)||141 pages / 581 KB|
|Tips for Planning an IF Discussion (for public discussions)||2 pages/ 201 KB|
|Tips for Facilitating an IF Discussion (for public discussions)||4 pages/ 212 KB|
|Facilitation Basics – roles, goals, and pacing||1 page/ 191 KB|
|Some Alternative Discussion Strategies||1 page/ 180 KB|
|Let’s Talk Politics (Gundersen and Goodney Lea)||approximately 130 pages; available in printed form from both Amazon and CreateSpace, and now available for download in e-book form as well|