1. More a method of organization than a specific teaching strategy.
2. Pupils work in small groups (4-6) – encourage to discuss and solve problems
3. Accountable for management of time and resources both as individuals and as a group.
4. Teacher moves from group to group giving assistance and encouragement, ask thoughts provoking questions as the need arises. 5. Group work is visually reported to the entire class and further discussion ensues.
6. Method allows pupils to work together as a team fostering co-operation rather than competition.
7. Provides for pupils – pupils discussion, social interaction and problem solving abilities.
IMPLICATIONS FOR TEACHING
1. Promotes co-operation among pupils
2. Pupils learn to accept responsibility for their own learning (autonomy)
3. Reinforces understanding –each pupil can explain to other group members.
4. Implies change in teachers role from leader to facilitator and initiator
1. Requires more careful org. and management skills from the teacher.
2. Demands careful pre-planning and investment of time and resources in preparing materials.