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The goal and participants of the study group

Start by considering who would gain from this method and in what situations. Who are the students who could learn better with it? In what subjects? Which requirements could be replaced with study groups?

The study groups can bring out the strengths of different kinds of learners and offer an active alternative to anyone. Students who find traditional written assignments challenging especially benefit from the method.

An example from the Pasila comprehensive school:

This innovation stemmed from the need to create new ways of learning that are in line with the new Finnish curriculum and make sense to students that are in need of language support. The scope later broadened from languages to other subjects and topics.

The method has been used, for example, as an alternative to traditional exams: fifth graders organised a study group on water for first graders after first studying the unit themselves. Afterwards they evaluated both their own and their team’s work.

The method has also been used to organise indoor exercise during recesses. Seventh graders organised exercise games for second graders with help of their P.E. teacher for course credits.