Madee Salehi, PhD
Some of us believe that a good composition for a group work is having one strong student and couple of weaker ones work together. This semester in a math 092 I tried something different. I organized groups of student who were at the same level. Then I dedicated more time to the weaker ones. I made them work in such a way that there is no group leader. All had to contribute as much as any other members. Comparing their score of the first and second test (for weaker students) showed, in average, over ten point improvement. I plan to rerun this experiment, next semester too. The reason I planned this experiment was earlier observation that the stronger one did the work and others just watched. Now that all were chosen such that no one could dominate the group work, they were encouraged, not intermediated and forced to contribute something to the results of group work.