Understanding Small-Group Dynamics and Encouraging the Innovation of Ideas
Small-group activities are a vital tool for educators because they provide dynamic peer-teaching moments, foster collaboration and provide community. However, small-groups can hinder student growth if not properly monitored. This session aims to create an understanding of how small-group dynamics can affect or disaffect the free flow of ideas. As such, we will analyze an example of a small-group activity that was administered in a Freshman Seminar course at Kennesaw State University. Strategies in which educators can effectively assess group dynamics and help students learn to be proactive collaborators will also be discussed.
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