Teaching for Understanding

Essay by richardvanraay June 2008

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The main objective of this unit of work is to implement a Group Investigation Model of teaching as described by Eggen & Kauchak (2006). This model of teaching is based on theory and research that indicates social interaction is a necessary part of classroom learning (Eggen & Kauchak, 2006). It is designed to allow the students and I to more fully understand what is expected of us in facilitating the use of this teaching method in the classroom. This example of a Group Interaction Model involves students working together to reach a common goal and aims to increase students' involvement in classroom activities. It has a strong focus on group and class discussions.

According to Eggen and Kauchak, the Group Investigative Model has five phases, an introduction, group planning, implementing an investigation, analysing results and preparing reports and finally presentation of reports. The introduction phase involves organising students into groups and developing students' intrinsic interest in a topic.

Students should feel that they have been able to select their topic. The group planning phase involves planning a course of action, delegating responsibilities among group members as well as how to gather data and report the results. Implementing the investigation, phase three, is the most active phase where students design data gathering techniques, gather the data and carry out an investigation. Phase four of the model involves students analysing and evaluating the data collected. This phase should also involve the construction of charts, diagrams or tables to assist students to comprehend the significance of the data collected. It may also include preparation of written reports or oral reports to facilitate the initiation of phase five, the presentation of reports. This final stage includes the dissemination of the information gathered and assisting students to present the information in an interesting and comprehensible...