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Research on group work in education
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Clinical and Social Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7117-5620
2010 (English)In: Emerging Issues in Compulsory Education: Progress in Education: v. 20 / [ed] Robert V. Nata, New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2010, 1, 25-44 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A permanent issue in compulsory education is how to promote students’ active working in the classroom. Even if group work is used as one type of working method in compulsory education as a means for committed learning and for social development, there seems to be a trend towards less time spent on collaboration tasks in favor of individual assignments in the classroom. Both teachers and students do ask for more proficiency concerning group work in a school setting — how to understand, how to master and utilize this specific mode of working in a constructive way.

The main concern of this chapter is to present compiled knowledge, based on previous research concerning cooperation in groups among students, or more specifically, how to create and maintain well functioning group work in an educational context. This review discusses important themes like (a) the social constructive approach to group work, (b) how to motivate and maintain all group members’ interest and engagement in the performances, (c) the importance of formulating the task in a proper way and (d) how to organize the group, (e) the importance of preparing and practicing group work, and finally (f) giving some examples of participants’ experiences of group work in schools. The chapter is summarized by some concluding remarks on compiled knowledge about pupils’ group work. The chapter may hopefully contribute to an appreciation of the essentials of group work and hence promote collective activities as a means for learning in education.

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New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2010, 1. 25-44 p.
, Progress in Education, ISSN 1535-4806 ; Vol. 20
Keyword [en]
Group work, Education, Student, Collaborative learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69493ISBN: 978-1-61728-444-1 (ebook)OAI: diva2:427968
Available from: 2011-06-29 Created: 2011-06-29 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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