Definition of Small Group Teaching/Dealing With Common Small Group Problems or Issues

Definition of Small Group Teaching

Dealing With Common Small Group Problems or Issues


Exercise

Note how you might address each of these issues, and identify any others you may have come across.

Issues with small group teaching Potential Solutions
Goals and structure are unclear
Lack of preparation by tutor
Lack of preparation by learners
Tutor talks too much (may even ask a question and then answers it him or her self)
Lack of student participation and involvement
Discussions tend to be at a low cognitive level (and boring!)
Questions asked by tutors rarely go beyond eliciting recall
Tutor asks too many questions at once, without guidance on which elements are most important
Tutor fails to build on the answers obtained
Discussion is unfocussed for much of the time
One or two students are allowed to dominate the discussion


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