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ERIC Number: EJ1134716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Impact of Group Development Knowledge on Students' Perceived Importance and Confidence of Group Work Skills
Coers, Natalie; Williams, Jennifer
Journal of Leadership Education, v9 n2 p101-121 Sum 2010
This study explored the impact of emphasis on the group development process on the perceived importance of and confidence in group work skills and students' perception of group work use in the collegiate classroom as developed by Tuckman and Jensen (1977). The purposive sample utilized in this study included 33 undergraduate students enrolled in an introductory leadership and service course at a southern, land-grant institution. Knowledge of the group development process enhances a student's perceived importance and confidence in group work skills. The emphasis on group development process also positively impacted students' perception of group work being utilized in the collegiate classroom. The importance of group work skills continues to be reflective of the demand from employers; therefore, educators must continue to develop these transferable skills in today's students. Although relevant across disciplines, leadership educators should take a leading role in developing such skills in students. [The authors acknowledge the contribution of Dennis Duncan.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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