ERIC Number: EJ1171560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Wilson, Kristy J.; Brickman, Peggy; Brame, Cynthia J.
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v17 n1 Feature 1 Mar 2018
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics faculty are increasingly incorporating both formal and informal group work in their courses. Implementing group work can be improved by an understanding of the extensive body of educational research studies on this topic. This essay describes an online, evidence-based teaching guide published by "CBE--Life Sciences Education" (LSE). The guide provides a tour of research studies and resources related to group work (including many articles from LSE). Instructors who are new to group work, as well as instructors who have experienced difficulties in implementing group work, may value the condensed summaries of key research findings. These summaries are organized by teaching challenges, and actionable advice is provided in a checklist for instructors. Education researchers may value the inclusion of empirical studies, key reviews, and meta-analyses of group-work studies. In addition to describing key features of the guide, this essay also identifies areas in which further empirical studies are warranted.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Group Activities, Biological Sciences, Evidence Based Practice, Group Experience, Group Membership, Teaching Guides
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