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I am curious, as I've noticed as some other participants have been about
the grouping of students. I have noticed in the four workshops I have
watched so far, that the groups are primarily same sexed. This seems to go
against what we as teachers are being told to do. Is this a new practice
that has given rise to the fall of heterogeneous groupings?<
How students are grouped depends more on what you are having them do than
on the number or composition. When I was in the classroom, I found that for
experimental work, groups of two worked best. For sense-making or problem
solving, I found that groups of three were most effective. I allowed same
sex groups for the former but never for the later. There is quite a bit of
information in the physics education literature about cooperative or
The following article on the ENC web site might be a good place to start:
"Student Learning Groups that Really Work"
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