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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Group work in elementary science: Towards organisational principles for supporting pupil learning
Author(s): Howe, Christine
Tolmie, Andrew Kenneth
Thurston, Allen
Topping, Keith J
Christie, David
Livingston, Kay
Jessiman, Emma
Donaldson, Caroline
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Keywords: cooperative learning
elementary school
Social group work
Group work in education
Active learning
Group work in education Case studies
Cooperativeness Case studies
Communication in small groups
Issue Date: Oct-2007
Date Deposited: 18-Mar-2009
Citation: Howe C, Tolmie AK, Thurston A, Topping KJ, Christie D, Livingston K, Jessiman E & Donaldson C (2007) Group work in elementary science: Towards organisational principles for supporting pupil learning. Learning and Instruction, 17 (5), pp. 549-563.;
Abstract: Group work has been promoted in many countries as a key component of elementary science. However, little guidance is given as to how group work should be organised, and because previous research has seldom been conducted in authentic classrooms, its message is merely indicative. A study is reported, which attempts to address these limitations. Twenty-four classes of 10e12-yearold pupils engaged in programmes of teaching on evaporation and condensation, and force and motion. Both programmes were delivered by classroom teachers, and made extensive use of group work. Pupil understanding progressed from pre-tests prior to the programmes to post-tests afterwards, and results suggest that group work played a critical role. Organisational principles are extrapolated from the findings, which could be readily adopted in classrooms.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2007.09.004
Rights: Published in Learning and Instruction by Elsevier.

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