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Version 1.2 – Updated June 2023

Classroom discussion


  • Influence: Classroom discussion
  • Domain: Teaching Strategies
  • Sub-Domain: Feedback
  • Potential to Accelerate Student Achievement: Potential to considerably accelerate
  • Influence Definition: A form of instruction in which students are invited to speak about the topic at hand. It involves much more than a teacher asking a class a question, then another, etc., but involves students discussing with each other, often prompted from an open and not closed set of questions. Provides a classroom environment that gives all students the opportunity to speak and learn from each other.


  • Number of meta-analyses: 1
  • Number of studies: 42
  • Number of students: 0
  • Number of effects: 42
  • Weighted mean effect size: 0.82
  • Robustness index: 1


Journal Title Author First Author's Country Article Name Year Published Variable Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Effect Size
Journal of Educational Psychology Murphy, Wilkinson, Soter & Hennessey USA Examining the Effects of Classroom Discussion on Students' Comprehension of Text: A Meta-Analysis 2009 Fostering classroom discussion 42 0 42 0.82
TOTAL/AVERAGE 42 0 42 0.82
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