Groups in action: a closer look at how students respond to group work

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This chapter explores how teachers may impact on the effectiveness of small groups for conceptual learning through task preparations, structuring of task and groups as well as the role played by the teacher. Student-led small-group learning, also referred to as group work, cooperative learning and collaborative learning, is defined as students working together in small groups to achieve a common goal on a subject of interest over an extended time without constant direct supervision of the teacher. The chapter explores how a teacher and three Year 7 classes responded to a sleep education unit using small-group learning. It provides a brief commentary on how the pedagogical processes described for the case study impacted on the three types of groups – productive, partially productive and unproductive – as observed in the three Year 7 classes of the case study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence-Based Learning and Teaching
Subtitle of host publicationA Look into Australian Classrooms
EditorsMelissa Barnes, Maria Gindidis, Sivanes Phillipson
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781351129367
ISBN (Print)9780815355717, 9780815355700
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • secondary education
  • teacher education
  • group work
  • pedagogy
  • Student engagement
  • small group
  • groupwork
  • Student learning
  • Student outcomes

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