ERIC Number: ED287030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Small Group Teaching Techniques. Vocational Instructor Teaching Skills Project.
Portland Community Coll., OR.; Mount Hood Community Coll., Gresham, OR.; Umpqua Community Coll., Roseburg, OR.; Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
This training module is intended to familiarize vocational education teachers with the techniques of small group instruction. It covers the following topics: the characteristics of a small group (participation, cooperation, controversy, and consensus); the benefits of learning in small groups (including promotion of active learning; student responsibility for learning; and higher-level and secondary learning that is centered around the learner); the role of the instructor in small group instruction (planner, housekeeper, material developer, initiator, timekeeper, discussion promoter, process observer, consultant, facilitator, evaluator, summarizer, model, and reinforcer); the four stages of group development (forming, storming, norming, and performing); activities that can improve the productivity of small groups (informing students about the group process, being explicit about group objectives, facilitating movement toward a performing level, and offering feedback); six attributes of effective small group activities (designing activities so that they are interesting, clearly defined, sequenced, well paced, flexible, and participative); types of activities for use in small groups (ice-breakers, brainstorming, buzz groups, the Phillips 66 technique, expanding groups, normal group process, and the fishbowl); and resources for designing or adapting existing small group activities. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Portland Community Coll., OR.; Mount Hood Community Coll., Gresham, OR.; Umpqua Community Coll., Roseburg, OR.; Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
Note: For related documents, see ED 262 232-233 and ED 255 725.