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.