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ERIC Number: EJ1044418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-1469-7874
Worrying about What Others Think: A Social-Comparison Concern Intervention in Small Learning Groups
Micari, Marina; Pazos, Pilar
Active Learning in Higher Education, v15 n3 p249-262 Nov 2014
Small-group learning has become commonplace in education at all levels. While it has been shown to have many benefits, previous research has demonstrated that it may not always work to the advantage of every student. One potential problem is that less-prepared students may feel anxious about participating, for fear of looking "dumb" in front of their peers. This study examines the impact of an intervention to reduce that sort of anxiety--termed "social-comparison" concern--in small learning groups at the university level. Over the course of an academic quarter (10?weeks), 144 students in 33 small learning groups participated in the study. Approximately one-third received an intervention designed to reduce social-comparison concern by modifying theories of intelligence and attributions for failure. One-third received a study-skills intervention, and the remaining third received no extra resources. The findings suggest that the intervention was successful and that instructors may want to infuse small-group work with discussion of the malleable nature of intelligence and of the reasons for academic success and failure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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