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ERIC Number: ED538824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May-8
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Productive Group Work for Students. Research Brief
Williamson, Ronald
Education Partnerships, Inc.
There is clear evidence that students who are involved in productive collaborative groups outperform their peers. Cooperative group work also results in improved self-esteem, improved relationships and enhanced social and decision-making skills. Johnson and Johnson (1993) identified the elements of a successful collaborative activity. They include individual and group accountability as well as the explicit teaching of the interpersonal and small-group skills needed for successful collaborative work. Student accountability can be strengthened by designing lessons that emphasize larger learning goals, include a series of interim steps, provide clear timelines for each step, and ask students to evaluate their individual as well as group work. Critical interpersonal and small-group skills include communicating clearly, active listening, constructively responding to peers (both providing and receiving feedback) and considering different perspectives. (Contains 13 online resources and 11 print resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)