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ERIC Number: EJ811894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Group Work as a Learning Situation: A Qualitative Study in a University Classroom
Postholm, May Britt
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v14 n2 p143-155 Apr 2008
Problem-based learning, group work, project work and fieldwork are prescribed learning methods aimed at replacing or complementing traditional lectures in higher education in Norway (Innst. S. nr 337, 2000-2001) [Proposal to the Norwegian Parliament no. 337 (2000-2001)]. This is based on the belief that student activity can enhance learning. The qualitative research study presented in the text shows that various factors can impede and enhance learning in groups. The research project was carried out in a university classroom in which instruction was given in qualitative methods for master's degree students. The purpose of the text is twofold. First, the teacher in a college or university classroom can hopefully learn something about doing research in his or her own classroom with the intention of developing practice. Secondly, the teacher can hopefully learn more about group processes and how they can be established and maintained.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway