ERIC Number: EJ1012108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Understanding Students' Attitudes about Group Work: What Does This Suggest for Instructors of Business?
Marks, Melanie Beth; O'Connor, Abigail H.
Journal of Education for Business, v88 n3 p147-158 2013
A survey was administered to college students to gain insight into their attitudes about classroom group work. Students responded that group work is generally a positive experience; however, they do not necessarily prefer it to individual assignments. Students' responses also indicated concerns about instructors' motivations for using group work, management of the process (or lack thereof) by instructors, free riding by teammates, and being accountable for the work of others. When comparing business and nonbusiness majors, some interesting, statistically significant differences are found. For example, business majors are more willing to be held accountable for the work of others and are more willing to terminate group members. (Contains 7 figures and 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Teamwork, Student Attitudes, Business Education, College Students, Student Surveys, Class Activities, Assignments, Group Dynamics, Cooperative Learning, Preferences, Performance Factors, Motivation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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