K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

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The three-step interview1 takes the place of the traditional group discussion because each person in the group must produce and receive information. In the first two steps of this cooperative learning structure, students interact in pairs, interviewing each other about a topic. Then, in the third step, students take turns sharing what they have learned from their partners with the rest of their cooperative learning group. This step promotes equal participation, where only one person in the whole group or class is talking at once. The three-step interview helps students develop listening and language skills while promoting individual accountability.