Circular Style Seating without Tables Figure 516

Setup

Arrange chairs in a large circular pattern.

FIGURE 5-14. Open square style seating (with tables, flip chart)
FIGURE 5-15. Rectangular and conference style seating (with tables)

FIGURE 5-16. Circular style seating (without tables)—with and without flip chart) Maximum no. of participants

Limited by room size and planned discussion, however, when more than 18-20 learners are present, communication could be affected.

FIGURE 5-16. Circular style seating (without tables)—with and without flip chart) Maximum no. of participants

Limited by room size and planned discussion, however, when more than 18-20 learners are present, communication could be affected.

Advantages

The trainer has close contact with all participants (from a seat within the group) and learners can see and interact with others. To achieve this relationship, the trainer should assume any seat within the group to be on equal status with participants and encourage discussion.

This configuration also provides an informal forum for discussion and idea exchange.

Access for participants with disabilities is easily possible.

As an alternative, a few chairs can be eliminated so that the facilitator can assume a different position in which a flip chart can be used to capture comments or ideas.

Disadvantages

Attendance is limited to approximately 18-20 learners, as larger groups can limit open exchange of ideas and discussion.

Participants have no writing surfaces.

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