Presentation on theme: "Dr Julie Hulme Teaching small groups in Psychology."— Presentation transcript:
Dr Julie Hulme Teaching small groups in Psychology
Student-tutor interaction; Three to twenty-five students; May meet once or many times through a term; Tends to focus on discussion of pre-defined subject- specific material. Approaches to small group learning and teaching: 2 What is small group teaching?
1.What methods do you use? 2.What difficulties have you experienced? And why? 3.What goes well? And why? 3 What experience have you gained?
Split into four groups. You will each be given a card with a word or phrase written on it. Spend no more than five minutes deciding on a group definition of the phrase, and identify one suggestion to help overcome it. You may use your mobile device to help find information if you wish. Jigsaw groups! 4 Common problems
Friendship groups are more likely to go off task, distract each other, and fall out. Cooper, J. (n.d.). Sabotaging Cooperative Learning: Or, Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory. Retrieved from: Find ways to form groups: Differentiate on method of approaching task; Differentiate on method of feeding back; Random allocation; Your own agenda. 5 Forming groups
Clear purpose and expectations; Structure and organisation; Effective working atmosphere; Welcoming and safe; Get started quickly with a task; Consider group contracts; Facilitate – don’t teach; Don’t be afraid of silence; Encourage preparation. 6 Getting started
Which of these approaches have you tried? Did they work? Which ones are new? Which ones appeal? 7 What might you do differently?