Instructional Methods: What is the significance of small groups?



5b v).Importance of small groups

  • They provide an opportunity for all the participants to interact in a way that is not possible in a class situation. This makes learning more meaningful.
  • They promote self-discipline and reduce classroom management problems (Stanford:1977)
  • Learners learn the skill of listening as well as talking as they listen and exchange ideas.
  • They also get the opportunity to practice other manipulative skills through resources, observation etc.
  • It can be used to let off steam when students seem restless and bored.
  • The learners grow in confidence as they discuss, argue and exchange ideas with each other.
  • There is emergence of leadership qualities through sharing of responsibilities
  • They develop students’ higher-level cognitive, interactive and communication skills, and increase their accountability and independence.




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