Making Learning Visible: Understanding, Documenting, and Supporting Individual and Group Learning
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Features of Learning Groups

The following material summarizes some features of learning groups. The information stems from our prior research and collaborations with educators from the preschools in Reggio Emilia. This summary is by no means the full story of what we have learned. It highlights ideas that are further developed in the Project Zero-Reggio Children publication, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners. If you have not already done so, you may also wish to consult Some Basics to further explore what MLV means by group learning.

Features of Learning Groups: Overview

  1. The members of learning groups include adults as well as children.

  2. Documenting children's learning processes helps to make learning visible and shapes the learning that takes place.

  3. Members of learning groups are engaged in the emotional and aesthetic as well as the intellectual dimensions of learning.

  4. The focus of learning in learning groups extends beyond the learning of individuals to create a collective body of knowledge.

Group Learning Features in Practice

Other Aspects of Learning in Groups

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