Learning new things is the best way to quench one’s thirst for knowledge. Learning is not just about reading book, but the comprehensive process of acquiring knowledge, skills and values over a period of time.
As Michael Jordan once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” As we proceed, we will understand the significant role group learning plays in developing an individual.
While learning anything new or complex on one’s own seems like a gigantic task, if done in a group, innumerable interesting methods could be devised. Complex tasks could be strategically divided among the participants after recognizing talent and interest of other members; thus, it teaches students the skill of delegating roles and responsibilities.
In groups, they can tackle more complex problems because more people mean more ideas which in turn boost creativity.
Learning in groups enables children to engage with one another, procure new ways to solve problems and to look at it with a different point of view through bouncing of various ideas. It fills in the learning gaps and results in better understanding of the topic through explanations and discussions. It enables students to discover the deeper meaning of the content and improve their thinking skills.
Additionally in group learning, students learn to voice their perspective and learn to substantiate their stand. As the participants share diverse perspectives, they learn to understand through others’ experience and in the process inspiring each other. It also enables them to be accountable for their work.
Group work creates more opportunities for critical thinking and can promote student learning and their achievement. It gives students the opportunity to engage, build social skills, enhances communication and management skills.
Another important skill gained from group learning is planning and managing time. When working in group, the focus shifts from just completing the whole project by one person on time, to concentrating on the quality of work allotted to him. It definitely reduces pressure on the individual and enhances the quality of his work.
Excelling in studies is one thing but something more imperative than grades, is building basic life skills such as learning how to work and cooperate with others.
Scientific research has found that students engaged in group work show increased individual achievement compared to students working alone. Thus, one can conclude that group study is a key to efficient learning and properly structured group projects can reinforce skills that are relevant in future growth prospects.