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The Essence of Group Learning

There are several good benefits of group work as it relates to children. These have several positive points. Children will learn better in a group setting because they are with their peers and they learn to share ideas and different learning skills. Group learning also forces them to communicate to achieve the same common goal, especially if they are all working on the same assignment as a team.


Learning Together


In a group learning setting, the children are able to learn together and this is considered orientation towards a common goal. Group members can help each other: pull up the weakest elements and pool their cognitive resources.


The Collaboration


Children in a group learning setting will grasp the concept of debate where they communicate to get their points across. It is a healthy way to learn. In such cases, they will learn to exercise empathy and cultivate good listening skills.


The Conditions


The teacher or facilitator must set the conditions for the students. What is really important? the final result or the process of pedagogical learning? In addition, at a time when grades are a guarantee of selection and barrier, the teachers must guide students to maximize the learning of teamwork. Subsequently, the facilitators and teachers must set a model of the 3 components of success of a group learning and group work:


  • C: Competence. The feeling of competence acquired by the student.

  • C: Controllability: have the theme and team members chosen by the students. Give them freedom about it.

  • V: Value given to the task.


Importantly, these 3 components are linked and require adjustment if one of them loses its visibility.


Point of View


From the teacher's point of view, here is the value of group learning and group work:

  • Sensitize students to concrete cases. The best thing is when students work on a case study, using it as an example. Students would be able to experience this example and the students would be even more motivated and would be part of something that they knew existed.

  • Use new learning spaces: you can go directly to the company that requested a case study, for example, and ask that students work in a group and provide the outcome.


Conclusion


It is also always good to know the students' opinions on group work. Many students find that interaction with each other and working collectively does make a difference. Peer support between students helps to help weaker students excel in a group learning setting. Concentration allows students to stay focused for periods and not continuously as in a theoretical course. Finally, a word to conclude, group learning is generally not an end in itself. The purpose of this "method" is the personal learning of the student. Learn more about group work and how it affects students.

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