Why online group classes result in better outcomes than 1:1 online tutoring.

Learning in small groups has ancient traditions from the foundations of Western Philosophy in Greece, to the culture of ancient India and in the traditions of ancient Chinese and Japan. Indeed the roots of the world’s great religions, started with a teacher interacting with small groups.

In a Brief History of Collaborative Learning: The Origins of Collaborative Learning by Dr. Ranee Kaur Banerjee presents her research findings on this topic clearly and succinctly.

It has been only with the growth of modern cities and the resulting urban sprawl of the past two hundred years that more efficient methods of teaching large numbers of children were needed and developed into what we now call “traditional teaching”.

Yet during the twentieth century, emerging disciplines in social psychology and education theory proposed new models for learning – for example Jean Piaget and John Dewey, as well as many other social theorists, linguists and social psychologist. Based on constructivism they rejected the idea that student’s learn passively while a teacher instructs, then tests. Students learn best in small interacting groups with the guidance of the teacher