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To sum up

  • Always consider whether a session can be better run as a small group.
  • Plan the session carefully.
  • Vary the session plan according to the size of group and venue.
  • Run large groups in a workshop format using café-style tables.
  • Include a range of formats in any one session, recognising that active learning is likely to be more successful than passive learning.
  • Consider your role in the group process: being a group leader is only one of several options.
  • Remember the importance of maintaining good dynamics.
  • Deal with issues as and when they arise, bearing in mind it is often better to let the group address the issues themselves.
  • Take care not to overstep boundaries and destroy good working relationships.


(McCrorie, 2006).



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