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ERIC Number: EJ1148162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Facilitating Active Engagement of the University Student in a Large-Group Setting Using Group Work Activities
Kinsella, Gemma K.; Mahon, Catherine; Lillis, Seamus
Journal of College Science Teaching, v46 n6 p34-43 Jul 2017
It is envisaged that small-group exercises as part of a large-group session would facilitate not only group work exercises (a valuable employability skill), but also peer learning. In this article, such a strategy to facilitate the active engagement of the student in a large-group setting was explored. The production of student-led resources was facilitated through introduction of a group project into an established core module. Whether this initiative enhanced student engagement with the module material and fostered the additional benefit of promoting a peer learning culture was examined. Student feedback was analyzed to determine the perceived benefits and challenges of small group exercises. Albeit on a small scale, this has given rise to recommendations pertinent to large group modules in the university setting. A key recommendation is the introduction of university group assignments, when appropriate to the module type and inclusion of a peer assessment element.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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