Aims of group work

The aims of working in small groups include the development of:

  • intellectual understanding, abilities and skills
  • communication, cooperative and teamwork skills such as planning, management, leadership and peer support
  • personal growth (increased self esteem and self confidence)
  • professional growth (development of professional standards, values and ethics)
  • independence and increased responsibility for own learning
  • reflective practices (reviewing and reflecting, planning for the future).

(adapted from Exley and Dennick, 2004:4)