ERIC Number: ED518814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-22
Abstractor: As Provided
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Benefits and Challenges Facing Students Working in a Group for a Freshman-Level Course
Jones, Gwendolyn; Conway, Cassandra Sligh D.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research (13th, Stuart, FL, Nov 2-7, 2010)
The purpose of this paper was to examine students' attitudes and perceptions of their experience of working in a group. This paper will strive to describe some of the results. The descriptive data obtained extends over three academic periods: fall 2007, fall 2008, and spring 2009, and includes a total of six different sections for one course. This freshman-level course has average enrollment of 35 students for each session. Some students did not participate as they either stopped attending or withdrew from the class. Students were given a survey on the benefits and problem/challenges of working in student groups. The survey was distributed at the end of the semester. No demographic data were collected from the students. The top three most cited commonalities for benefits and problem/challenges are reported. The three most reported benefits were: 1) improvement on grade, 2) multiple points of views, and 3) getting to know students. The three most cited challenges/problems were: 1) Disagreements, 2) Attendance, and 3) Unprepared students. Based on the information provided by students, group work activities helped them learn course material and can be considered with other retention strategies.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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