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  • Lindholm, Tarja (2017)
    Goals. The purpose of this Bachelor´s Thesis was to define group skills in school context and find efficient ways to teach group skills to pupils. As the national curriculum in Finland (POPS 2014) emphasizes co-operation and communication skills, these questions are important and relevant. In this thesis, I try to clarify the process of learning and teaching group skills in school as well as the factors effecting it. Methods. The research method was a literature review. The material was gathered by reading educational and psychological literature and research. Essential research objects were co-operative learning theory and group dynamics. The results found in these materials were compared to POPS 2014, the national curriculum of Finland. Results and conclusions. Group skills are a part of social competence, which is based on socio-cognitive, social and emotional skills and temperament. There are four levels of co-operative group skills, which are forming, functioning, formulating and fermenting. According to the material used in this thesis, the following features and actions were typically related to group skills: listening, asking, taking turns, justification, sharing ideas, forming common views, managing conflicts and working for common goals. Group skills are not learned only by working in a group. Group skills should be systematically taught to pupils. Several studies indicate that group skills can be improved by following the basic elements of co-operative learning. Teaching co-operative group skills has also shown to have a positive influence on the relationships and atmosphere in the classroom as well as on the learning results.