The method of the Table of King Arthur’s crisis is aimed to develop the ability of making decisions in crisis situations.
This is a kind of round table discussion without facilitator.
No specific tools.
This group round table discussion is used to develop ability to make decision in situation when everyone want to win.
8-12 people sit at a round table and have a time limit (usually 30 minutes) to make a decision. Everyone is the representatives of his/her “boss” from the same company. The task is to identify 1 (boss) who will get the best award. In the meantime, each person receive an order from his boss that has to be fulfilled. The rest of the group and the trainers observe the situation and the negotiations from the outside. During the debate, participants may use different strategies – manipulation, bribery, negotiations.
This method may be used also to discuss a problem from various perspective. At the beginning, the teacher clarifies the topic of the discussion and then assigns each student a point of view on the given case (eg. politics, religion, finances, science, art,
social life, technology etc.) and then each participant has to defend his/her point of view during the discussion on a given issue. It is important that the decisions made in a firm manner are as consistent as possible with the perspective represented by the student.
It often turns out that it is not possible to make a decision within a time limit, which is normal in such tasks.
This methodology supports the development of decision making skills, negotiation skills, communication skills and also the development of observing behaviors and body language skills.
Two types of assessment:
- Self-assessment (often the Kolb’s Learning Cycle is used):
- how did they feel?
- how would they assess themselves?
- what did they learned?
- Feedback by the teacher/expert:
- individual – to each member of the round table activity;
- group – summary of the activity from the perspective of group task.
Laetus in Prasens Implication of the 12 Knights in any Strategic Round Table
Connection with other methods
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