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ERIC Number: ED083234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 14
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Why Small Group Instruction?
Clark, Bill M.; Ramsey, Marl E.
This document provides a rationale and suggestions for the use of small-group instruction in the classroom. It is argued that participatory education, in general, places the teacher in a position of being a coordinator of learning rather than a dispenser of knowledge. The following benefits to be gained from this are noted: a) by relating his ideas to others in a small group, the student clarifies and internalizes concepts; b) the student can exchange views and ideas about material that was covered in some other learning phase; c) by observing the small groups, the teacher gets a rare opportunity to see and hear many students in action at one time; d) students can gain experience in arriving at group decisions through compromise. The following strategies for small-group instruction are also listed and described: task groups, brainstorming groups, discursive groups, and Socratic groups. Suggestions are made as to teaching group discussion skills, arranging seating, and emphasizing the personal dimension. (JA)
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Authoring Institution: Polk County Board of Education, Des Moines, IA.