A characteristic of adult education is the coming together of a great number of different people with different interests. Information and knowledge about diverse interests often creates curiosity and understanding. Co-operation in a class challenges participants and facilitates learning. Opposing interests can of course also lead to clashes.
Nick 45, is excited about his new interest in golf and takes every opportunity to talk about this sport. Anders, 43, believes that golf is an elitist sport only for rich people. His irritation over Nick's chattering about golf at every opportunity increases. One day the cup overflows and Anders starts a quarrel and vents his spite at Nick.
The atmosphere in the classroom becomes very oppressive and there is real conflict.
How could you integrate the conflict in the course work?
Should there be space for an open discussion within the whole group - or would it be better if the problem is discussed outside the class?
Which "group rules" could help?
Which ways are there for tutors to "stop" "instant talkers"?