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ERIC Number: ED445380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-19
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Can't You Just Talk to Them? Small Group Work in a Senior Thesis Course.
Nance, Teresa; Mackey-Kallis, Susan
At Villanova University, the Senior Projects Course is designed to serve as a capstone course. Students are required to integrate the pieces of the discipline acquired from previous course work into a comprehensive, fully developed research project. This paper looks critically at one aspect of effectively managing a group project course: conflict resolution. The paper contends that the Senior Projects course is effective because: learning goals are stated precisely; administrative detail when preparing and creating the groups is attended to; the groups are monitored diligently; intervention is undertaken when necessary; and fair and clear evaluation procedures are established. According to the paper, success in the course depends not only on a student's ability to complete the required work individually, but also on students' ability to work together--Senior Project fits well into the category of cooperative learning. The paper discusses in detail how to prepare for and carry out the course. It concludes that teachers need to prepare an array of information-gathering tools and conflict management strategies to enhance their ability to facilitate their groups effectively. (Contains 16 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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