This study is conducted using a longitudinal quasi experimental design in which we examine changes in teachers' and students’ (11-16 years) communication and action in three different study groups. Two groups are randomly assigned to an intervention in form of a shorter education directed at both teachers and students, while the third group will not receive any intervention, but acts as a control group. Data are collected before and after the intervention, by means of questionnaires, observations and interviews. The analysis are both quantitative and qualitative.
Preliminary results show some important aspects of teachers' assessment in group work. In order to implement well-functioning group work that contain elements of assessment on both group and individual level it is essential that teachers have developed professional knowledge of both the working method and assessment in group work. Furthermore, it is important that the teacher has a clear structure throughout the group work as well as the group task that students are working with. Before the group work starts, the teacher should plan the task, what should be assessed and how the assessment should be carried out. It is also vital that the teacher make the assessment strategies transparent for the students. Likewise it is also important that the teacher supports students' development and learning by providing frequent feedback. Finally, preliminary analyses show that teachers use different modes of languages, i.e., the use of everyday language, pseudo-meta-language and meta-language, can influence their ability to through a common professional language develop their assessment pracice in group work.
The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and runs 2013-2017.
Read a recently published article from the project by Karin Forslund Frykedal & Eva Hammar Chiriac (2017): "Student Collaboration in Group Work: Inclusion as Participation".