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.


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.