ERIC Number: EJ953010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Are Interpersonal Relationships Necessary for Developing Trust in Online Group Projects?
Wade, Christine E.; Cameron, Bruce A.; Morgan, Kari; Williams, Karen C.
Distance Education, v32 n3 p383-396 2011
Trust between group members has been suggested as an important part of small group work in online classrooms. Developing interpersonal relationships with group members may promote a sense of trust among them; however, research shows mixed results. The current study explored how students' perceptions of the importance of interpersonal relationships in online groups affected their perceptions of trust and experiences within the group. Students enrolled in online classes that incorporated a group project were surveyed about their experiences with online group projects. Participants did not find interpersonal relationships as necessary in trust development. However, student gender and type (i.e., distance versus on-campus) were important factors in determining the type of experiences students had within their online groups. Males reported more negative experiences than females, and distance education students desired relationships with group members more than on-campus students. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: On Campus Students, Trust (Psychology), Student Attitudes, Distance Education, Online Courses, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Relationship, Gender Differences, Cooperative Learning, Altruism, Likert Scales, Surveys, Higher Education, Group Experience, Group Membership, Integrity
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