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ERIC Number: EJ893331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Academic Alignment to Reduce the Presence of "Social Loafers" and "Diligent Isolates" in Student Teams
Pieterse, Vreda; Thompson, Lisa
Teaching in Higher Education, v15 n4 p355-367 Aug 2010
The acquisition of effective teamwork skills is crucial in all disciplines. Using an interpretive approach, this study investigates collaboration and co-operation in teams of software engineering students. Teams whose members were both homogeneous and heterogeneous in terms of their members' academic abilities, skills and goals were identified and compared. We describe the occurrence of "social loafing", a well-reported phenomenon, in these teams. We also observed a phenomenon which we termed "diligent isolation". Our assumption was that both of these can cause team dysfunction. Additional causes which became apparent during the research are listed. The article includes suggestions for improving team functionality. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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