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Active Reviewing Tips 1.2   Resources for Reviewing

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Roger Greenaway's web-based
'Guide To Active Reviewing and Debriefing'
From the  editor

S U M M E R . S P E C I A L ~ H O L I D A Y . R E A D I N G
I know when it's summer in Scotland it isn't summer everywhere
else in the world, but that's what I'm thinking about just now.
It's traditionally a time for buying or borrowing books before
going away on holiday.
I usually take one book that's something to do with the holiday.
It might be a practical book: a guidebook for a climbing holiday,
a navigation book for a sailing holiday, a phrasebook for a
holiday abroad etc. Or it might be an inspirational book about
the history or the people: Orcadian myths, Celtic history, the
Battle of Glencoe.
I will also take a story book to get lost in a totally different
world. And I will take a 'heavy' book to stimulate new thoughts
and ideas.
I will then bring most of them back home unread because there's
just too much to do on our family holidays these days!!
Is there a 'metaphor' here trying to get out? Let's try:
Good books can enhance holidays.
Good reviewing can enhance experiences.
The different kinds of books mentioned above could represent
different kinds of reviewing style.
The PRACTICAL (guide/navigation/phrase)-book might represent a
matter-of-fact reviewing style.
The INSPIRATIONAL/HISTORICAL books might represent reviewing
styles that encourage people to open up more about themselves -
so that current experiences are viewed from deeper/wider
The STORY book and the 'HEAVY' book might represent reviews that
are a journey into the unkown, reviews that awaken curiosity and
lead off in any direction, and perhaps long into the night.
The UNREAD BOOKS could either represent missed opportunities or
perfect judgement. So remember to take a holiday from reviewing
now and again - as well as to vary your style!



I N . T H E . S T Y L E . O F . . .
Let learners vary their 'style' too. Ask them to re-enact events
in the styles of different films or TV programmes. For ideas
about styles to use in Action Replays refer to the online Guide
to Active Reviewing. Look up 'Tools for Change' or try out the
new 'Site Search Engine' with the words 'Action Replay'.
W I D E N . Y O U R . S E A R C H !
You don't need to be an art therapist to ask someone to draw a
picture - so why not to refer to 'Art Therapy for Groups' and
discover many more ideas (simple or advanced) which can be used
for reviewing. Similarly, you don't need to be trained in yoga
to ask someone to lie down and think; you don't need a
psychology degree to organise a game; you don't need a training
qualification to set up a problem-solving task.
(adapted from 'Playback: A Guide to Reviewing Activities')



R E S O U R C E S . F O R . R E V I E W I N G
The feature article (below) is based on the resources chapter in
'Playback: A Guide to Reviewing Activities'. If you want more
specific references to the resources mentioned, please send a
brief email request. If there is enough interest I will include
some full references in the next issue of this ezine.
But there's no need to head off to your library. This article
may suggest or remind you of new keywords for searching the
internet for reviewing ideas and inspiration - using
http://www.search.com or your favourite search engine.
To help you on your way I have also listed some links for you
to explore - some new ones in the 'Guide to Active Reviewing',
plus organised links to many related and useful sites!

I learned to review in 4 ways:
1. FROM OTHER PEOPLE: by observation, co-working, and word of
2. BY DEVELOPING NEW METHODS: from the need to do so after
discovering the limitations of group discussion as a reviewing
3. BY ASKING FOR FEEDBACK: from co-reviewers and from learners
(if they needed prompting!).
4. BY ADAPTING IDEAS from other subject areas.
As I knew of no handbook of reviewing techniques (at the time),
I had little choice but to use the above strategies. It also
happened to be an enjoyable way of learning!
'Learning from others', 'learning from experience', and
'learning from books' are three ways of developing reviewing
Depending on how you look at it, there are either very few books
about reviewing methods or there is an unending list. My short
list of practical books about reviewing includes: 'Creative
Reviewing', 'Processing the Experience' and 'Effective
This variety of terms ('reviewing', 'processing', and
debriefing', not to mention 'reflection') illustrates a major
problem in this area of work: reviewers (whether 'counsellors',
'facilitators', 'HRD staff', 'instructors', 'leaders',
'teachers', 'therapists', 'trainers', 'tutors', 'social workers'
or 'youth workers') do not all talk the same language about
You can turn this 'language problem' can to advantage if you are
prepared to stray a little from your 'home' field - given the
interdisciplinary nature of reviewing, and the possibility of
adapting ideas from other fields.
Other fields might include: adventure education, appreciative
inquiry, art therapy, developmental counselling, drama therapy,
environmental education, developmental groupwork, management
development, personal and social education, youth work, social
work, HRD ...
(Please suggest additions to this list.)


  Site News

New navigational features have been added to this 100 page site.
# Two 8-page tours provide a guided introduction to the site,
from the index page: http://reviewing.co.uk 
# The Site Search Engine will help you explore the site 'alone':
# Search Help has tips and links for searching the web - especially
for training and education topics:
# Links to Learning now includes many links to supersites or
mini-directories of facilitation, education and training sites.
# UK Facilitators (especially) should visit the pages hosted for
If you have 'outdoor' interests you may want to visit -
# the new Outdoor Adventure Education Noticeboard:
# the new Outdoor Management Development Index
# a series of three articles for downloading
# Researchers will now find bibliographies and a whole thesis on
'Powerful Learning Experiences':


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