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bruce w. tuckman - forming,storming, norming and performing in groups

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Educational psychologist Bruce Tuckman gave us four stages of group development: forming; storming; norming; performing. This piece relfects on his work.

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The Innovative Educator: Group work doesn't have to suck

The Innovative Educator: Group work doesn't have to suck | groupwork | Scoop.it
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Some interesting ideas on groupwork from educator Diana Laufenberg who advocates the following (as well as providing other ideas): let students choose their own group members; have students self-assess the final product; have groups use one of the many free online project management tools; "call out the free rider" and remove them from the group if necessary, and; take part in a group project yourself. 

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Wajeehah Aayeshah's comment, January 23, 2013 9:37 AM
Definitely Aron! I did not even think it would be an issue because I mostly had to work in a group as a student. That reminds me, I have to give the literature a thorough scan for this :)
David Hall's comment, January 23, 2013 11:30 PM
Another interesting thing, Wajeehah, is the way in which different student groups approach group work. Everything from the way the group is formed, how roles are allocated, expectations of amount of time spent and quality of work all seem to vary.
Wajeehah Aayeshah's comment, January 24, 2013 2:23 AM
I agree. It is weird how some students just don't seem to develop the link between a good quality assignment and quality time spent on group work.
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Solutions to Social Loafing - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus

Solutions to Social Loafing - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus | groupwork | Scoop.it
Social loafing (I do find this bit of jargon amusing), defined as “group members who shirk their obligations in the hopes of benefiting from the work of others. ...” (p. 256, a definition cited from previous work).
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This blog entry provides a quick summary of a fairly well referenced paper on the topic of free riding (referred to as 'social loafing' here) in student group projects. The blog summarises the hypotheses and results of the research thus:

 

Hypothesis 1: As the scope of the group project gets bigger, there will be a greater incidence of social loafing on group projects. Confirmed


Hypothesis 2: As the size of the group increases, there will be greater incidence of social loafing. Confirmed


Hypothesis 3: Compared to instructor-assigned groups, student groups formed through self-selection will experience lower incidence of social loafing. Not supported


Hypothesis 4: As the number of peer evaluations increases, there will be lower incidence of social loafing on group projects.Confirmed


Hypothesis 5: As the incidence of social loafing on group projects decreases, students are likely to be more satisfied with their group members’ contributions to the project. Confirmed


Hypothesis 6: Satisfaction with group members’ contributions is positively related to students’ perceptions of grade fairness. Confirmed

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This Is Not Your Blog: Trust No One

This Is Not Your Blog: Trust No One | groupwork | Scoop.it
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Here's a fairly typical opinion from a student, of their experience of groupwork as part of education.

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PostGradDad's comment, January 23, 2013 8:24 PM
Have to agree 100%! (with the exception of the piece of work we just did on LTS502 together - that was very positive!)
David Hall's comment, January 23, 2013 11:45 PM
Here is a page showing returns of tweets on the search term "group work". It is unfiltered other than of those two words. 90% of the comments would be about disliking group work: https://twitter.com/search?q=group%20work&src=typd. Understandably, students would be more likely to tweet about disliking it than liking it, but it is still a lot.