General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Small-group work as a teaching strategy
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Małgorzata Rosalska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Educational Studies
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 11-SGW-11-a


Classes will be held on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We start on 29 February.
89 Szamarzewskiego Street, building D, room 512

Module aim (aims)

Course objectives:
to develop knowledge of small group dynamics
to develop skills in designing, implementing, and evaluating small group activities
to develop the ability to develop teaching materials
to develop the ability to adapt the working methods to the activity objective
to reinforce the ability to create projects for soft skills development
to develop a creative attitude towards the methodology of working with small groups

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

English on intermediate level


Week 1 Small group – definitions and characteristics

Week 2 Small group -  stages of development

Week 3 Belbin’s group roles

 Week 4 Influence processes in the group

 Week 5 Decision making in small groups

 Week 6 and 7 Group work methodology

 Week 8 Designing group work activities

 Week 9 and 10 Methods of developing creativity in a group

 Week 11, 12 and 13 Methods of developing social skills in a group

 Week 14 and 15 Projects presentations


Reading list

A guide to team roles. How to increase personal and team effectiveness. K. Carson, M. Isaac, Belbin North America

When fewer is more: Small groups in early childhood classrooms. B. Wasik, Early Childhood Education Journal, 2015, 35(6), s. 515-521

The challenge of implementing small group work in early childhood education. C. Tal, Global Education Review, 2018, 5(2), s. 123-144

Early Childhood Workshops That Work!: The Essential Guide to Successful Training and Workshops. Nancy P. Aleksander

Teams That Work: The Seven Drivers of Team Effectiveness. Scott Tannenbaum, Eduardo Salas.