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ERIC Number: EJ886648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1552-8391
The Effect of Team Selection Method on the Occurrence and Nature of Conflict
Bosco, Susan M.; Jervis, Kathryn J.; Harvey, Diane M.
Journal of Applied Research for Business Instruction, v7 n1 2009
Cooperative learning, defined as students working in teams or groups to accomplish an objective, has had a long history as a method of instruction. The use of teams as an instructional mode in colleges of business and related areas has increased due to the expectation in most organizations that workers can be effective in teams and groups. However, the use of group work in higher education has rarely been empirically investigated, leaving instructors without evidence to act upon when considering its use. This research study focuses on team formation and group conflict as seen through an examination of team experiences in a senior capstone class. To provide a basis for the study, the authors discuss literature on group formation and student satisfaction with classroom group experiences. The use of teamwork as a pedagogy in higher education may improve skills in the areas of problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills. The theoretical background of this study includes a review of research in cooperative learning, students' experiences in teams, and selection methods used for team and group work in classrooms. These are followed by the methodology, results, and discussion. Results from this study indicated that students evaluated teamwork differently depending on the team selection method used. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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