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ERIC Number: EJ933524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Getting to Grips with Group Work
Lane, Rebecca; Coker, Jessica; McNamara, Suzanne
Primary Science Review, n90 p25-27 Nov-Dec 2005
It is easy to take for granted that children often work together in groups unproblematically on practical science tasks. However, after a recent exercise in a small rural church school the authors realised that they had not considered fully the limitations they would encounter with group work. They had spent four one-hour sessions working with a class of 36 8-10 year-old children investigating forces and friction using ramps and toy cars, aiming to develop an understanding of the terms "force" and "friction" through practical investigations. The authors have reflected on this exercise and consider that, as they grouped the children randomly, they may not have been used to working with the children in their groups. But they wanted to develop the children's ability to work in different groups. The authors discover how crucial grouping can be in fulfilling learning intentions when doing practical activities. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Language: English
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