Group Processes in the Middle School

EDUC 607
Using this class as an experiential demonstration model, participants will explore the functioning of small and large groups in middle school classrooms. We will also examine the role of cooperative learning on individuals and individuals on the group, group formation and stages, group roles, patterns of interaction, and the role of the teacher as a group leader. In-depth discussion of a series of case studies involving middle school students provides additional insight into the complexity of group work. Additional readings explore theory and practical application. Course assignments integrate computer technology and involve both individual and small group tasks.