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ERIC Number: ED040345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 57
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Theory and State of the Art of Small-Group Methods of Instruction.
Olmstead, Joseph A.
The purpose of this report was to evaluate the more common small group methods in terms of their effectiveness in teaching adults. A rationale for small group instruction was presented, followed by descriptions of the principal methods, and an assessment based on existing research findings. It was concluded that small group methods can be effective for enhancing motivation for learning, developing positive attitudes toward later use of course materials, and improving problem solving skills. However, they were no more effective than lectures for transmitting information and concepts, although (when used in conjunction with lectures) the methods are helpful in increasing depth of understanding of the course content. Implications for use of small group methods, including requirements for instructors, were also discussed. (The document includes 82 references.) (Author/LY)
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Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.