ERIC Number: ED230100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Working Together. Teaching in Higher Education Series: 3. Suggestions for the Consideration of Lecturers and Others Concerned with Teaching in Higher Education.
Cockburn, Barbara; Ross, Alec
The nature of the small group in university teaching and the role of the tutor is considered, and reference is made to the British system. After describing the way a free group achieves a working relationship, the importance of understanding and utilizing communication patterns to increase the effectiveness of a seminar or tutorial is noted. Another consideration is the individual in the group: how each student learns, and the contribution the individual makes to the learning of others. The tutor is both a university teacher and a member of the group, and part of its social relations. It is suggested that the tutor is an unequal member of a group formed for educational purposes, since the tutor's authority cannot be put outside the group. Attention is also directed to the ways in which features of a mature group can be combined into a working group that only meets over a short time period. It is proposed that one of the most important of these features is recognition and respect for the rights of everyone to participate in the group's work, followed by willingness to fulfill a special function at times -- to take on a role such as gate-keeping, or holding the group back so that someone less forceful than the others is given the opportunity to contribute. (SW)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lancaster Univ. (England). School of Education.
Identifiers: Great Britain
Note: For related documents, see HE 016 159-167. Produced with the aid of a grant from the University Grants Committee.