Using Small Groups to Enhance Teaching and Learning
Problem solving in groups and group report
Pose problem orally or on slips of paper. Have small group solve it. Group discussion followed by reports to the entire class. Report-out session elicits greater participation because they don't feel personally responsible for group answers. This can be used to generate debate on a question also.
Gary Bradley firstname.lastname@example.org
General biology/ Human biology/ Genetics/ etc.
Interaction and interdependency
The subject of the course is sensitive, and students are reluctant to disclose their thoughts and experience. By forming a small group of 5 or 6, the students are encouraged to share their inner thoughts and life experience more freely. In this setting, the students are more willing to interact with each other. In addition, tasks are assigned to small groups to encourage cooperation and interdependency. Group reports are given to the entire class.
Won K. Yoon email@example.com
HIST 106 Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Students are placed into groups of three or four and they are given a clinical problem which they are to solve. These problems help the students apply what they have learned in class to real life. In addition, students are surprised with a group quiz during the week; however each student turns their own quiz. These types of quizzes help students understand the information even more because the problems are discussed with their fellow classmates. In Anatomy and Physiology courses students are taken on a field trip to an anatomy museum. Guest lectures who are in the related field are brought in to speak to students about what they are learning in class and how it applies to their profession. In the Histology class students are given a sheet with barcodes that they are to go to the library and scan. These barcodes bring up slides of different tissues that students must learn. In conjunction with lectures these slides are also used in class are viewed on the screen. In regards to labs, after the regular hours of lab, lab is opened for students who want to come in and review what the material at their own pace.
Dr. Eugene Joseph firstname.lastname@example.org
Gross Anatomy, Anatomy and Physiology, Histology