From student presentations, to lectures, to reading assignments, and so much more, teachers today have a wide variety of methods at their disposal to facilitate learning in the classroom. For elementary school children, group work has been shown to be one strategy that is particularly effective. The peer-to-peer intervention supports children in developing cognitively, emotionally, behaviorally, and socially. Group work encourages children to expand their perspectives on the world and understand that they are not alone in facing their problems. Group membership helps end children’s feeling of isolation, and demonstrates to them that others share similar experiences and emotions.
To better demonstrate some of the benefits of group work, we created an infographic based on a compilation of research by Craig Winston LeCroy and Jenny McCullough Cosgrove in the Encyclopedia of Social Work.
Featured image credit: Syrian primary school children attending catch-up learning classes in Lebanon, by Russell Watkins for the Department for International Development. CC-BY-2.0 via Flickr.