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ERIC Number: ED106498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-5
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
Helping a Learning Group Mature.
Parsons, Jerry
The ultimate goal of a learning group is to help learners achieve their goals and objectives and to help them learn to live in a rapidly changing and evolving society. Within the context of social change, the author examines how internal dynamics can be used to aid a teacher in developing an effective learning group. Drawing from psychology, sociology, and adult education, the paper deals with the structure and definition of learning groups; the interests, motivations, expectations, and aspirations of each individual; the development of a conducive atmosphere; group size and composition; group identity; social control; group standards; human relations skills; role definition; communication patterns; goals; methods; and group evaluation. The role of the teacher evolves from that of the traditional educator to one of facilitator who must understand the dynamics of collective behavior and its impact on the individual, Several checkpoints for the facilitator to be aware of are: group size; diverse capabilities within a group; mutual involvement of facilitator and student; group solidarity; maintenance of standards related to subject competency; detection of problems; student responsibility for learning; cooperation; effective interdependent communication; coordination of needs, goals and methods; and the mechanics of group evaluation. A bibliography is provided. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Prepared for presentation at the AEA-USA Conference in Miami, Florida, November 5, 1974