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ERIC Number: EJ888764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
The Formation of Effective Work Groups within an FE Classroom
Russell, Megan
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v15 n2 p205-221 Jun 2010
Fascinated by the diversity of composition in effective work groups in Further Education (FE) classrooms, I studied group formation and composition in level 3 Biology classes over an academic year. Using information from the class teacher, observers and students, the importance of effective work groups (defining effectiveness in terms of "workability") in the life of the class became clear. As suggested in the literature, group composition was impatient of formulae, trial and error and an informed subjectivity was recommended. Relational issues were seen as key features in group composition by teachers and students alike. Students themselves, though seldom consulted, held distinct and often considered and mature views on effective work groups. The need to give work group composition a higher profile in classroom management, and for staff and students to acquire the skills needed to form and maintain effective work groups, should be reflected in both policy and practice. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A