ERIC Number: EJ1103638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Group Projects in Social Work Education: The Influence of Group Characteristics and Moderators on Undergraduate Student Outcomes
Postlethwait, Ariana E.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v36 n3 p256-274 2016
This study examined the impact of group size, group formation, group conflict, and division of labor on student outcomes in a group project for a sample of 112 BSW research seminar students at a large university in the Midwest. Students completed surveys on their experiences with the group project at the end of the semester. Multiple regression was used along with analysis of student comments and answers to open-ended questions. Group size was not associated with outcomes. Instructor input into group formation was related to higher self-assessment of student performance. Greater division of labor predicted greater learning, whereas more group conflict predicted less learning; less conflict occurred when students divided tasks in the most equitable way possible. Strengths and limitations of the study are discussed, along with suggestions for improving the group project experience, including preventative measures to reduce conflict.
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Social Work, Undergraduate Students, Student Projects, Small Group Instruction, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Cooperation, Multiple Regression Analysis, Group Activities, Cooperative Learning, Likert Scales, Group Dynamics, Seminars, Student Surveys, Conflict, Student Attitudes, Statistical Analysis, Least Squares Statistics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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