In this chapter, we have suggested that while group learning does offer mechanisms that can foster specific cognitive and social outcomes, it is not equally useful for all of them, or for all of them at the same time. Trade offs and priorities continually vie for attention. Moreover, we have suggested that where workplace skills have become the focal point, educationally significant cognitive and social outcomes of group learning have often been either neglected or pursued for the wrong reasons. There is a danger in framing social and cognitive goals primarily in terms of workplace skills when they are, in fact, educational goals that happen to have relevance to the workplace, as well as to many other areas of a full and effective human existence.
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