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Facilitating in PAL groups requires skills at mentoring (grounded on their previous experience of being a student on the course), of effective chairing of the meetings including managing the agenda, and of facilitating mutual help between peers by avoiding "telling" the answers and instead promoting their helping each other. We regard these as skills of value in teaching (e.g. in tutorial groups), but also in chairing any group where agenda must be negotiated to accommodate the needs of the whole group, and limited time managed to best overall benefit. These are skills of value in many organisations today, where achieving effective collaboration between different experts is often more important than simple hierarchic working relationships.
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