SPRinG Project

Improving the effectiveness of pupil group-work in classrooms


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NOW AVAILABLE: SPRinG Handbook for primary schools.    Group work in science - resources now available - See Publications.

Welcome to the SPRinG (Social Pedagogic Research into Group-work) web site. The project is part of a larger research programme on teaching and learning, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The project began in January 2000 and was due to end in September 2005 but continues in a number ways. It involved collaborating with teachers to enhance the effective use of grouping and group work across Key Stages 1 to 3.

The SPRinG project is jointly conducted by the Institute of Education, University of London, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and The Education Research Centre, University of Brighton. The project is the first large scale study designed to develop and evaluate effective group-work in everyday primary and secondary school classroom settings.

The project aims to enhance the learning potential of pupils (at Key Stages 1-3) working in classroom groups by actively involving teachers in a programme designed to raise levels of group-work during typical classroom learning activities. Each site has responsibility for a key stage. Key Stage 1 is co-ordinated in Brighton, Key Stage 2 in London and Key Stage 3 in Cambridge.

The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme.






Maintained by Ed Baines (e.baines@ioe.ac.uk)