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ERIC Number: ED551625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-7265-4
Exploring Group Cohesion in a Higher Education Field Experience
Malcarne, Brian Keith
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Clemson University
The purpose of this study was to gain understanding into the experience of group cohesion for university students participating in an academic field experience. A mixed methods approach was used following a two-phase, sequential research design to help provide a more complete explanation of how group cohesion was impacted by the field experience. The sample consisted of 112 undergraduate students involved in a 3-day academic field experience. The initial quantitative phase gathered pre- and post-test data on group cohesion using the Group Environment Questionnaire (GEQ) modified for an academic context. Findings demonstrated significant positive change in the domain of social cohesion. The follow-up qualitative phase used dyadic interviews to explore participants' experiences with social cohesion and to identify attributes of the field experience contributing to the development of social cohesion. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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