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Improving the Effectiveness of Pupil Groups in Classrooms

Grant reference: L139251046

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TLRP: Pupil groupings within classrooms: social pedagogy within cultural contexts
There have been many studies of teaching and learning in classrooms, for example, involving teaching approaches and styles, learning or broad classroom level structures (e.g. age of pupils, ability, curriculum). These studies offer insights into teaching effectiveness, patterns of learning and broad explanations of classroom effects, yet they add little insight into the complex ecology that characterises children’s development in school contexts. Studies of teaching and learning within classrooms rarely consider the multi-layered effects of social context, for example involving within-class groupings. The importance of this neglect lies in the fact that all pupils in classes are placed in some form of grouping throughout their classroom life. For this paper, naturalistically occurring pupil groupings in the classroom can be seen in ecological or activity perspective as providing: 1. A social context for learning and development 2. A basis of social relationships that can promote or inhibit school-based learning, 3. A site for socio-cultural activity, but 4. Beyond social activity and appropriation (etc.), a base for the potential of change
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Author P Kutnick

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