What are the right strategies for group learning?

08/2/2011 | Edutopia.org

School-technology consultant Ben Johnson discusses the pros and cons of different approaches to putting students in groups. Heterogeneous groups, which mix students of varying abilities, can help struggling students to improve but also prevent some gifted students from excelling. Homogeneous groups allow more advanced students to take on challenging work, but students also must learn to work with those who aren't their peers, writes Johnson, who supports a blend of both methods.

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