This qualitative study identified several key aspects of small group sessions which improved students’ learning. The study focused on interactive small group learning seminars consisting of approximately 25 students and one content expert facilitator. After a semester 24 facilitators attended focus groups aimed at investigating which features of the small group seminar format were considered by the teachers to be important for optimal seminar learning. The result was concrete tips for the construction of high-quality small group sessions and improved curriculum development, such as quality and quantity of reading material, non-threatening learning environments, stability of groups throughout the semester, and alignment of topics throughout all course learning elements. –Lee Ann Schein, Ph. D.
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