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Improving the Effectiveness of Pupil Groups in Classrooms

Grant reference: L139251046

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TLRP: Improving collaborative group work
Teachers often view group work as valuable but problematic. Children’s poor communication skills and behaviour are often cited as reasons for not using it, and curriculum and assessment pressures can leave little time for group work. Repeated research studies have shown that although pupils often sit in groups, they only occasionally work together as groups. This is no surprise because children are rarely trained for group work and teachers can lack effective strategies for setting up and managing groups. The main goal of the SPRinG (Social Pedagogic Research into Group work) project was to address this gap between the potential of group work and its limited use in schools. The first phase involved teachers and researchers working together to identify classroom strategies that were most likely to make group work effective. The second phase was an evaluation of effects on pupil learning, engagement and behaviour over the course of one year, and in comparison to a control group of pupils working in everyday classrooms. The main conclusions of the article are that group work offers possibilities for pupils not provided by either teacher-led or individual work, and can help to improve attitudes to work and classroom behaviour. Draft of article attached.
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Author P Blatchford

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