Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Understanding group learning

In its most basic sense, group learning (GL) refers to the small-group activities done in the classroom. Even though GL is more than just simple team work done by the students, the idea behind it is simple: the students form "small teams" after having received instructions by the teacher. Inside each team, the students exchange information and work on a task until all group members have understood it and finished the work, learning through cooperation.

When comparing this work method's results with the traditional learning models, it can be seen that the students learn more when using GL. They remember the content longer, develop superior reasoning and critical thought skills and feel more confident and accepted, both by themselves and by everyone else. (Millis, 1996).  

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