ERIC Number: EJ1049692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
Insights from the Use of Gardner's Notions of Mindset: Group Work
Retna, Kala S.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v39 n2 p180-204 2015
A body of literature asserts that group work can be beneficial in enhancing learning and in developing specific skills among students. This research builds on the literature and on Gardner's (2006a) five notions of mindsets: disciplined, synthesising, creation, ethical and respectful, as a descriptive framework to explore and understand the benefits and skills learnt or developed through group work. Gardner describes mindset as a way of thinking and acting. A qualitative research project was undertaken in a New Zealand university using in-depth interviews with post-experience students. The findings suggest that, though the post-experience students do possess skills that enabled them to integrate diverse perspectives, make new connections with shared knowledge and evaluate critically, they often lack specific mindsets that are critical in organisations that rely on group work to enhance their productivity.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Group Dynamics, Part Time Students, Student Attitudes, Postsecondary Education, Cooperative Learning, Educational Benefits, Management Development, Student Experience, Personality Traits, Phenomenology, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Pilot Projects
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand