ERIC Number: EJ872272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Dealing with Slackers in College Classroom Work Groups
Myers, Scott A.; Smith, Nicole A.; Eidsness, Mary A.; Bogdan, Leah M.; Zackery, Brooke A.; Thompson, Michelle R.; Schoo, Meghan E.; Johnson, Angela N.
College Student Journal, v43 n2 p592-598 Jun 2009
The purpose of this study was to probe the presence of slackers in college classroom work group, how students react to slackers, and the recommendations students would make for working with slackers in future group projects. Thirty-seven college students participated in one of five focus groups. Results indicate that (a) college students working in classroom work groups report working with slackers to be frustrating due to a lack of indifference on the slackers' part, (b) they deal with slackers by either ignoring them or including them in the group task, and (c) they would confront slackers in future work group endeavors. Future research should examine the influence of slackers on group members' feelings of group hate.
Descriptors: College Students, Focus Groups, Group Activities, Group Dynamics, Cooperative Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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