ERIC Number: ED444378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploratory Study of Teacher-Required Out-of-Class Academic Collaboration among Students at a Singapore Polytechnic.
Hussein, Aisha; Jacobs, George M.; Ismail, Fazilah M.
Academic collaboration among students takes place not only inside the classrooms but outside of class as well. This study investigated such out-of-class academic collaboration among Singaporean polytechnic students as they worked on assignments in which their instructors had made collaboration mandatory. Data were collected via questionnaires completed by 232 students, interviews were conducted with 10 instructors, and observations were done on 8 student groups as they collaborated on mandatory out-of-class collaborative assignments. Variables of interest included frequency of out-of-class collaboration (very frequent), how such work is assessed (usually a combination of group and individual grading), group size (most often 4 or 5), who decides on group composition (usually the students), and factors students and teachers believe contribute to successful group work (e.g., keeping focused, allocating work, and sharing ideas). Suggestions are made on how to guide students to make greater and more efficient use of group study outside of class (e.g., team-building activities and training in group skills) and to help instructors gain new ideas for organizing and facilitating out-of-class academic collaboration among their students (such as conferences with groups to help them structure their collaboration). The student questionnaire and teacher interview questions are appended. (Contains 36 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore