Why don't your group activities work well?

Simpson, Adam John (2013) Why don't your group activities work well? In: Achieving Excellence through Life Skills Education: The 18th TESOL Arabia Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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When we put students into groups, we sometimes find that the tasks work well, while at other times they fail to live up to their full potential. Does the problem lie within the design of the task, does it depend on the physical environment of the classroom, is it a result of the individuals in the particular group or is it something about the formation of the group itself? This presentation examined the elements included in a good group task, the theoretical background behind the stages in the formation of groups and what lessons we can learn from the literature in terms of why groups may not function effectively in classroom tasks. The literature will then be compared to responses gathered from action research conducted on what learners feel about participating in cooperative group tasks and why they think such tasks are effective or not.

Item Type:Papers in Conference Proceedings
Subjects:L Education > LA History of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065-245 Social aspects of education
L Education > L Education (General)
ID Code:21599
Deposited By:Adam John Simpson
Deposited On:29 May 2013 11:39
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 09:34

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