|Group discussion and interaction are important strategies which can support work on collaboration done in school.
In addition, where there is a large quantity of information to pass on to pupils during the session, different groups can be given different parts of the information. Pupils are empowered by becoming ‘experts’ on knowledge that only their group is given.
When planning any group-based discussion activity, it is important to give pupils ownership of and a stake in the discussion.
This may involve listening and reporting back on other group members’ contribution rather than their own or electing a spokesperson who is tasked with representing the views/ideas of all group members.
One way to help groups structure their ideas about an artefact, artwork or archive material may be to give them a ‘what we know, what we’d like to know’ sheet.
One / some / all / none