Sex and Relationships Education, Personal, Social and Health Education, Educational Resources and Training
SRE Training Methodology
Hilary Dixon

Understanding and Using Groupwork

An active learning approach almost inevitably involves groupwork . . . →
If learners are encouraged to participate in activities, reflect on them, develop thoughts and ideas and consider implications of their learning, they are going to do this most effectively by working in groups. The trainer or teacher will need to be familiar not only with the Active Learning Model, but also, if they want to get the best out of a group, be familiar with the key elements of groupwork (see Heron 6 and Johnson 7) which help or hinder both the process and the content.
6 and 7. See the Presentation References page.
One important element that distinguishes this approach from more conventional approaches to education is . . . →
that the group leader is not so much the expert, but rather is a facilitator of the group. In the context of sexuality and relationships training, the group leader has a responsibility to:
create and maintain safety, give encouragement to participants and be confident to deal with difficulties or distress
maintain the energy of the group and provide a variety of learning experiences, including opportunities for reflection
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Groupwork expects more than a passive response from group members, who are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, while being respectful and supportive of others.
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