The Handbook for Economics Lecturers

3. How to approach small group teaching

As suggested above, all learning should facilitate student engagement and ensure students construct and design their own learning path. In small group settings, instructors have a variety of options to achieve this goal and the choice of tools may depend on the particular setting. A small-group ‘lecture’, which introduces new material will demand a different approach to a tutorial where the main aim is to practice and apply what has already been learned. Furthermore, instructors may work differently with a ‘very’ small group of below 10 people to a group with 30 students. Section 4 discusses different modes of teaching for small groups of students.