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The Dynamics of Group Learning

Hardman, MA; (2011) The Dynamics of Group Learning. In: Towards a Global Competitive Learning Community – The Role of Active Pedagogy. Kerala Department of Education: Thrivananthapurum, India. Green open access

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Abstract

Social constructivism dominates the literature on learning within the UK and underpins the notion of ‘active pedagogy’ in India. In this paper I shall discuss the limitations of social constructivist approaches in describing what happens within a classroom where there are a large number of young people interacting with a teacher and with each other. I will then draw on the field of complexity science to suggest how we might gain a deeper understanding of how learning takes place in groups of pupils than that provided by social constructivism. Following this I intend to draw on psychological and pedagogical perspectives to further develop this understanding of group learning. I shall place a particular emphasis on science education in the paper but the insights are applicable to the teaching of any classroom.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The Dynamics of Group Learning
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment > Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060896
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