Engaging Students Using Small Group Teaching in Business Education Classrooms

Pedagogy - In the Classroom Masterclass Series


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Jessica Clydesdale


Small group teaching in your business education classes (lecture, seminars, workshops or tutorials) provide strategies for overcoming the barriers to effective student participation and provide an effective way of giving direct and immediate feedback to students on their learning. The aim of this workshop is to introduce you to the benefits of small group teaching and to demonstrate how small group teaching activities fosters engagement and deep learning whilst developing a range of students’ employability skills (such as communication, presentation, problem-solving, negotiation and collaborative/teamwork skills) required of business professionals in the contemporary workplace.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Discuss the educational principles behind small group teaching
  • Identify the characteristics of different types of small group teaching activities
  • Identify and discuss the management of different types of small group activities
  • Evaluate small group teaching activities and select the most appropriate for meeting the learning outcomes of your subject in the Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Plan the delivery of small group teaching activities relevant to your subject learning outcomes in the Faculty of Business & Economics

Facilitator: Dr Valerie Cotronei-Baird