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ERIC Number: EJ1063868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Group Work for the Good: Unpacking the Research behind One Popular Classroom Strategy
Bennett, Tom
American Educator, v39 n1 p32-37, 43 Spr 2015
As a philosophy and religious studies high school teacher in the United Kingdom, Tom Bennett discovered that a good deal of what was considered orthodoxy in the profession was unsubstantiated. It was the inspiration for his book, "Teacher Proof: Why Research in Education Doesn't Always Mean What It Claims, and What You Can Do about It," on which this article is based. The book bluntly exposes some of the bigger education myths that still rattle their chains in the classroom. Each chapter is devoted to a questionable educational theory; Bennett examines each claim made for its efficacy by simply following the research crumbs backward. He argues here that one of the most enduring myths he has encountered in education is the subject of this article: group work. Here he presents a discussion of the myth, and everyday realities of group work, and highlights 4 of the usually ignored drawbacks of group work. The article closes with Bennett's recommendation to his colleagues that they use group work when they feel it is appropriate to the task they want their students to achieve and at no other time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom