ERIC Number: ED041319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness of Small Group Interaction as Opposed to Teacher Centered Instruction.
Adams, John C., Jr.
This paper discusses the effectiveness of small group interaction as opposed to teacher centered instruction. The following procedures are suggested in using this type of class instruction: (1) students are told that the class is not lecture, but one in which they will participate actively; (2) personal data is collected from each student; (3) groups of six to eight persons are set up; (4) the task of the learner should be outlined by the teacher in the beginning; (5) outside reading is essential; (6) group participation is essential, mild pressure can be exerted to insure this; (7) skill is needed in setting the atmosphere in the classroom to encourage participation and active involvement; (8) each student is responsible for a report to be presented to the class; (9) each group is responsible for a group report; (10) external evaluation by the teacher should be played down and the locus of evaluation shifted to the student himself; and (11) the atmosphere in a learner-centered class should be one of freedom and openness where divergent ideas are welcomed and rewarded. (KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.; Augusta Coll., GA.
Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 22-26, 1970