ECT 300 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: What are some of the benefits and pitfalls of the use of group work in micro(peer)-teaching?

CHAPTER 9

DISTANCE EDUCATION

9d iv). State the advantages and disadvantages of using group work in micro-teaching

Advantages of group work

  • Improve understanding through sharing of ideas
  • Stimulates self-expression, listening, and reasoning
  • Can lead to development and emergence of leader
  • Sharing of ideas when there are limited resources
  • Development of interest due to practical involvement
  • Fosters cooperation and reduces individual frustration
  • Gives learners opportunities to practice the democratic process
  • Practice of oral communication and enhancement of other skills

Limitations of small group work

  • It is time-consuming
  • Not convenient for large classes
  • Assessment of individual contributions is difficult
  • Difficult to choose suitable task and to form groups
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