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Group work is central to active, inclusive learning. It is therefore vital that teachers know how to facilitate group work, and that trainers can support teachers to develop this skill.
Remember Honorine and Sandra, teachers from Burkina Faso? You saw them in the video in section 6.1. Watch them again as they remind us how learners learn through collaboration.
Learners benefit from participating in activities that involve learning with and from each other.
Similarly, during workshops, group work activities help Principal Trainers and teachers develop skills for organising and planning learning activities, working collaboratively, giving and receiving feedback, and evaluating their own learning.
Watch the video below. It shows Zambian Principal Trainers during a group activity.
While watching this video, think about some of the benefits of working and learning in a group. You cannot hear much of the discussion because of the background noise, but you can make assumptions from the body language and the focus of the participants.
Make some notes.
In the next activity you can see what the Zambian Principal Trainers think are the benefits and challenges of group work.
This was the end of section 6.3.
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