Thursday, April 10, 2014

Group Work that Works

Too often we ask our students to work in small groups in class only to find that they rush through the prompts too quickly (in order to get to socializing). The result is, at best, mediocre class discussion. The flaw, though, may not be with the students but with the design of the assignment. This article provides a model for what effective group assignments in class might look like, focusing on problem solving and decision making. According to the article, four elements that should be part of every group assignment are: significance, specificity, similarity, and simultaneity.

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