Silicon, Circuits, and the Digital Revolution
Working in Groups
An important element in the success of this problem-based course is the use of student groups and how they function. Use of cooperative working groups in a science class fosters the development of a learning community and lessens the sense of isolation that students may otherwise feel. Research has shown that student achievement is enhanced when students work together in a cooperative learning environment, as opposed to students who try to learn the same material individually. Cooperative learning also increases the motivation to learn, and the interest to solve more complex problems. Social and team skills learned in student groups are important for success in the working world today. If this is your first time working in a learning group, or even if you have had many previous experiences, you will probably have questions or reservations about the process. Here are some examples of questions that you might have about working in groups, along with responses that may address those concerns.
In these sections on working in groups,
I have borrowed liberally (and mostly verbatim) from the writings and SCEN102 syllabus of
Barb Duch (Math/Science Education Resource Center).
Comments, suggestions, or requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated Feb. 11, 2000.
© Barb Duch, Univ. of Delaware, 2000.