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From: "Elissa Scalise Powell, CG" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Litchmann-style study groups
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 17:53:46 -0500
For many years now, the APG Great Lakes Chapter, spearheaded by Donna
Redhead Gruber, CG, and Bob Keener, have been offering monthly discussion
groups in the Akron, Ohio area. They also offer it on the Thursday afternoon
before the April Ohio Genealogical Society's Annual Conference. The
discussion group is based on Dr. William M. Litchman's article, "Teaching
Analysis, Logic, and the Research Process: A Seminar Approach", from the NGS
News Magazine, Nov/Dec 2000, pages 340-343. The article describes how to
conduct a group discussion of a peer-reviewed journal articles such as those
found in _NGSQ_ or _The Register._
For about the past year, a virtual discussion group(s) from the TGF email
list has taken the same Litchman model and select an NGSQ article for its
discussion on Windows Live Messenger at a prescribed date and time.
I understand both in-person (which also has the capability for a couple of
phone-in participants) and the "chat" discussions are very successful and
bring out a lot of thoughts on the article under discussion. Discussion
about whether the author proved the point or the methods employed prove
informative to all.
Wish I had more time to join in all the wonderful educational opportunities
that abound now more than ever!
-- Elissa in Pittsburgh
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
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Certification of Genealogists, used under license after periodic evaluations
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of Kathleen McLaughlin
> Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2009 5:11 PM
> Elizabeth, can you recommend a reference, or references, for the
> groups"? What are the guidelines, what is the strength of this group
activity over other
> study group models? What is the ideal size of a group that would best fit
this model? This
> looks like something that I should learn a bit more about.
> --- On Sat, 2/14/09, <> wrote:
> > <snipped> The best cure, IMO, is to hone
> > one's ability to analyze a problem and design a
> > presentation through regular reading of case studies in a
> > journal such as NGSQ that specializes in that format---and,
> > even better, participation in one of the Litchmann-style
> > study groups that analyze case studies.
> > Elizabeth