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Improving the Effectiveness of Pupil Groups in Classrooms

Grant reference: L139251046

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TLRP: Improving pupil group work in classrooms: the SPRinG project newsletter 2
This large-scale project has developed and evaluated a new approach to group work in primary and secondary schools. It is part of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The main goal of the SPRinG (Social Pedagogic Research into Group work) project was to address the wide gap between the potential of group work and its limited use in schools. This 4½ year project had two aims: first to work with teachers to develop strategies which would enhance the quality of group and paired work, and second to evaluate whether these strategies would result in an improvement in pupils’ attainment and learning, behaviour and attitudes to school. The project evaluation involved 162 classes in primary and secondary schools and 4,259 pupils aged 5 to 14. The research on Key Stage 1 (5-7 years), took place at the University of Brighton, on KS2 (7-11), at the Institute of Education in London, and on KS3 (11 – 14), at the University of Cambridge. This newsletter concentrates on results and experiences at KS2 but the SPRinG research suggests that group work benefits children of all ages. The research shows that group work is a powerful but underused strategy that teachers can use to: a) raise educational attainment; b) increase active engagement in learning; and c) improve classroom behaviour.
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Author P Blatchford

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