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ERIC Number: EJ865958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
A New Group-Formation Method for Student Projects
Borges, Jose; Dias, Teresa Galvao; Cunha, Joao Falcao E.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v34 n6 p573-585 Dec 2009
In BSc/MSc engineering programmes at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), the need to provide students with teamwork experiences close to a real world environment was identified as an important issue. A new group-formation method that aims to provide an enriching teamwork experience is proposed. Students are asked to answer a questionnaire to evaluate their teamwork profiles and are assigned to groups by an algorithm aiming to achieve maximum diversity within groups and homogeneity among groups. The profile diversity/complementarity within a group is an important factor to promote members' commitment and coordination in order to achieve the proposed goals. The proposed method is compared to a standard self-selection method for three engineering programmes in three academic years. The results show that, with the new method, there are a higher number of medium ranked groups which surpass the expectation and that, contrary to some students' beliefs, the method does not have a negative impact on the overall final marks. (Contains 4 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal
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