Teaching in the Classroom: Small Groups

  • Diana J. KelmEmail author
  • Alexander S. Niven
Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM)


Small group learning is an increasingly common and popular strategy in medical education and has enjoyed rapid growth in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep communities. Small group interactions offer participants the opportunity to strengthen and build upon existing knowledge, skills, and attitudes through discussion, practical application, feedback, and reflection. Although learner satisfaction is greater with small groups compared to lectures, evidence of superior knowledge acquisition and application remains mixed. A successful small group session requires thoughtful preparation and deliberate facilitation to manage the complex group dynamic, foster active engagement, and accomplish its intended educational objectives.


Education Medical education Small group learning Problem-based learning Case-based discussion Pulmonary and critical care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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