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ERIC Number: ED405312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Home Groups.
Stahler, Theresa M.
All students enrolled in the entry level foundations course in the College of Education of Kutztown University (Pennsylvania) participate in home groups, a cooperative learning strategy. Each student is assigned to a five- or six-person home group on the first day of class. Although group placements are made on the basis of class lists, every attempt is made to diversify groups by gender, age, major, and race. Each week the students are involved in an in-class learning activity with their home group. The home group operates formally and informally during the 14-week course. Some activities are part of a planned objective and some evolve from student need. Formal activities include: each member teaching a mini lesson to members of the group; each member providing written feedback to the student teacher; group study before tests; electing, for some tests, a group grade; and serving as an expert when "jigsaw" learning occurs. Less formal activities have included: preparing a special food treat for a reluctant student as a reward for class attendance; organizing notes for a hospitalized group member; and offering extra help to a student athlete during the sport season. The home groups build bonds among students from different backgrounds, teach them collaborative skills, and teach students to care about each other as members of the teaching profession. (The paper includes three students' written comments on home groups.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A