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ERIC Number: EJ1147336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2379-2981
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When Two Heads Aren't Better than One: Conformity in a Group Activity
Fender, C. Melissa; Stickney, Lisa T.
Management Teaching Review, v2 n1 p35-46 Mar 2017
Group and team class decision-making activities often focus on demonstrating that "two heads are better than one." Typically, students solve a problem or complete an assessment individually, then in a group. Generally, the group does better and that is what the students learn. However, if that is all such an activity conveys, then a significant teachable moment has been missed. It is often the case that a group member has one or more correct answers that the group did not use, or perhaps even outscores the group. The simple activity described here provides an opportunity to discuss a number of reasons that can cause such conformity to happen, integrating several areas of human psychology and behavior, and then segue into techniques to prevent it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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