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Tes focus on…Group work

Some teachers hate it, some love it, but professor Christina Howe tells Simon Creasey that if group work is done well, the research is in agreement that it is an essential classroom tool

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Few subjects polarise opinion among teachers as much as group work.

Some teachers love it. They think that it helps children to get their heads around complex problems, encourages critical thinking and decision making, and it also promotes interaction with their peers and valuable social skills.

Others hate it. They believe it’s a complete waste of time and energy because it can cause behavioural problems and actually limit students’ understanding. As a result, they argue teachers should stop doing it.

One of the reasons it’s such a divisive subject is group work is hard to do well, so ...

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