Choosing and Selecting Groups/Document
Choosing and selecting groups
Choice of groups for group work may be predetermined to a certain extent by any setting of classes that has already taken place. Your grouping of pupils might be based on a number of different criteria linked to the outcomes of the activity in which the groups are engaged. You may consider, at different times, factors such as ability, communication skills, social mix, behaviour, gender, SEN, disability and EAL.
Think about a class where you have used group work. What influenced your selection of pupils?
| Task 10 Benefits and limitations of different grouping criteria 15 minutes
|Grouping||Benefits||Limitations||When to use|
|Friendship||Secure and unthreatening||Prone to consensus||When sharing and confidence building are priorities|
|Ability||Work can more easily be pitched at the optimum level of challenge||Visible in-class setting||When differentiation can only be achieved by task|
|Structured mix||Ensures a range of views||Reproduces the power relations in society||When diversity is required|
|Random selection|| * Builds up pupils’ experiences of different partners and views
||Can get awkward mixes and ‘bad group chemistry’|| * When pupils complain about who is allowed to sit with whom
|Single sex||Socially more comfortable for some||Increases the gender divide||In contexts where one sex habitually loses out, e.g. competing to control the computer keyboard|