Group work interaction among pupils In Home and Consumer Studies in Sweden
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The aim of the study was to describe and analyze different types of group work during Home and Consumer Studies lessons in four Swedish schools, located in two different municipalities. Observations of pupils’ practical tasks were carried out in six classrooms, and video/sound recorded. Study participants totaled 44 pupils (11 – 16 years old). Qualitative content analysis of the observations showed four different types of group work; 1) integrated, 2) expert (appointed by the kitchen partner/s and self-appointed), 3) divided, and 4) parallel. The most important finding was that pupils belonging to a self-appointed expert group, a divided group or a parallel group did not have the best conditions for learning. The integrated type appeared more conducive to individual learning than the other three. As a result, teachers have to be aware that non-functioning group work can negatively impact pupils’ possibility of achieving the grade-related tasks for the subject.
Group work, frame factors, Home and Consumer Studies, compulsory school
Research subject Food and Nutrition
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120496OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-120496DiVA: diva2:929014