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Group Work in the Primary Classroom
Group work in the primary classroom

In terms of strict continuity, this discussion of grouping and group work should have followed immediately after Chapter 4, which dealt with teaching for understanding. The central theme of that chapter, the creation of a classroom which encourages thoughtful discourse, applies not only to whole-class discussions but also to the times when pupils are required to converse among themselves in small groups. However, there is also value in placing the chapter immediately after the one where the issues concerning metacognitive learning were explored. This is because group work, if it is to be effective, requires pupils to gain an understanding of what it is to become a group person in the same way that ...

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