Emma O’Neil

Primary Teacher

Chryston Primary School

  • More Knowledgeable Others

What happens when you use “more knowledgeable others” in pairs?


Education Scotland states that learning is at it’s most effective when young people have opportunities to think, talk and work together. The group discussed and decided an area which could help improve children’s ability to participate effectively was co-operative learning. The group identified their focus as being the ‘more knowledgeable other’ along with the Think, Pair, Share strategy. McAlister (2012) states that co-operative learning is a way of helping children to develop the four capacities for Curriculum for Excellence.


The aim of this enquiry was to examine the impact that using “more knowledgeable others” has on ability and quality of work.

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