“Group work is overused in schools”

30 Oct

From The Guardian:

The limitations of group work have really struck me when I’ve taken part in professional development sessions using this approach. At the end of the day everyone would put their work up on the wall and what was depressing was that it all looked drearily alike – there wasn’t a spark of a good idea.

5 Responses to ““Group work is overused in schools””

  1. Enrique Guerra-Pujol October 30, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    This report is very timely for me, as I am considering assigning some group work next semester. I will read and report back soon.

    • jecgenovese November 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      I don’t believe that all group work is bad, but it needs be carefully managed to minimize freeloader effects. Students sometimes profit from the direct feedback and the engagement they can have working in a group, but there is also some trade off in terms of the speed of information transfer. Lecture, despite its detractors, is still a very efficient way to pass a large amount of information onto students in a short amount of time.

  2. Kathy H October 30, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    You know my feeling about group work – one person does all the work and the others get all the credit!!! Group work in school does not come close to real world work situations. That being said, I loved the video. The very next video that came up was – The life of Brian – Bigus Dickus. I was a little surprised, but I could not resist watching.

    • jecgenovese November 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

      You must watch the entire movie! I think it’s one of the funniest movies ever made, perhaps second only to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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