One advantage of this strategy is that it can be used to reinforce course content, to clarify participant values, and to develop an understanding of differences in values and opinions.
The four corners strategy is used to ensure that all participants participate in group activities. It helps to develop listening, verbal communication, critical thinking, and decision-making skills in the classroom context.
Not only does it encourage participants to participate in activities by making decisions, it encourages participants to cognitively justify their decisions.
You can also use
this to form teams—heterogeneous teams by selecting one individual from each
corner to make a 4-member team, or homogeneous teams by selecting individuals in
one corner to make a team.
Adapted from these sources:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Center for Teaching Excellence: http://www.oir.uiuc.edu/Did/Resources/Illini%20Instructor/collaborative.htm
Muskingum Area Technical College (Zanesville, Ohio) http://www.muskingum.edu/~cal/database/general/group.html#Corners