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Improving the Effectiveness of Pupil Groups in Classrooms

Grant reference: L139251046

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TLRP: Improving the effectiveness of pupil group work: report on first results from the TLRP phase 2 SPRinG project
The main impetus for the SPRinG (Social Pedagogic Research into Grouping) project was to address the wide gap between the potential of group work to influence learning, motivation and attitudes to learning, and relationships in the classroom, on the one hand, and the limited use of group work in schools, on the other hand. Pupils rarely receive training in group working, and teachers are often unsure of its benefits and place in the curriculum. The SPRinG project was therefore set up to develop, implement and evaluate an approach to group work that could be used in primary and secondary schools. Approaches and materials were co-developed by teachers and researchers on three sites - KS1 (5-7 years) at the University of Brighton, KS2 (7-11 years) at the Institute of Education in London, and KS3 (11 – 14 years) at the University of Cambridge. The heart of the project was the comparison of SPRinG group work with comparison groups on the basis of academic ‘macro’ and 'micro’ achievement measures, pupil motivation and attitudes to work, and interactive and dialogic features of group work stemming from classroom observation data. In this presentation we offer first results from the evaluation. It is expected that we will concentrate on the observation and attitudinal data.
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Author P Blatchford

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