Detail:

In the Three-Step Interview, students in each group take part in three separate discussions, or interviews.

To establish this strategy:
  1. Divide into teams of four, numbering the members from 1 to 4.
  2. Introduce a discussion topic such as "Should students have to wear a school uniform?"
  3. The three steps then are introduced, with perhaps 2-3 minutes being allocated to each step. The steps are:
    Step 1: Nos. 1 and 2 interview each other. Nos. 3 and 4 interview each other.
    Step 2: Nos. 1 and 3 interview each other. Nos. 2 and 4 interview each other.
    Step 3: The 4 members then discuss the topic, and attempt to reach a consensus.

Team members should be asked to take notes while listening to the viewpoints of their 'partner' at the time. They then can refer to these notes during Step 3. A variety of interview techniques, such as the Who / What / When / Where / Why / How questions, can be incorporated into this strategy.

Extra students (eg a fourth team member) can be asked to share a number within a group. For example, if they share the '2' role, they both will have to interview the other person eg the '3', when they are required to do so.

Variations:

Instead of asking for a full group discussion in Step 3, merely create a third interview ie
  • Nos. 1 and 4 interview each other
  • Nos. 2 and 3 interview each other

In this way, each person will have interacted individually with all other team members.