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Group work in elementary science: towards organisational principles for supporting pupil learning

Howe, C.J. and Tolmie, A.K. and Thurston, A. and Topping, K. and Christie, D. and Livingston, K. and Jessiman, E.K. and Donaldson, C. (2007) Group work in elementary science: towards organisational principles for supporting pupil learning. International Journal of Educational Research, 17 (5). pp. 549-563. ISSN 0883-0355

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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 10–12-year-old 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.

Item type: Article
ID code: 9908
Keywords: science education, primary school pupils, group work, classroom dialogue , Psychology, Education (General), Education
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Education > Education (General)
Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Psychology
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
Faculty of Education > Educational and Professional Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
Faculty of Science > Physics
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2011 15:47
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 20:53
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/9908

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