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ERIC Number: EJ899301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1812-9129
Hope as a Predictor of Performance of Graduate-Level Cooperative Groups in Research Methodology Courses
Collins, Kathleen M. T.; Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Jiao, Qun G.
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v21 n2 p148-157 2009
This study investigated the extent that cooperative group members' levels of hopefulness, operationalized as a combination of pathways to meet desired goals and the agentic thinking that motivates an individual to use those pathways, predict (a) group performance, namely, the quality of an article critique assignment and research proposal assignment, and (b) the degree that heterogeneity (i.e., variability of pathways and agency levels) is related to this outcome variable. Participants were 86 graduate students enrolled in a research methodology course. Groups (n = 28) formed the unit of analysis. A multiple regression analysis revealed that groups attaining the lowest scores on the article critique and research proposal assignments combined tended to report the lowest levels of hope, as measured by agentic thinking, and the greatest variation with respect to pathways to meet desired goals. These variables explained 20.5% of the variance in performance. This finding is placed within the context of other studies in which the predictability of group characteristics and dynamics has been examined. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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