Is the Grass Greener in the Other Group? Students’ Experiences of Group-Work
2006 (Swedish)Conference paper (Refereed)
Group-work is used as one type of working method in higher education in Sweden today. Working with others in a group project may have many advantages and may also facilitate learning. But group-work has never been able to work its magic for everyone. Some students find group-based working methods as a high-quality and enjoyable way to learn whereas other find working in group as a waste of time, or even pointless. Sometimes group-members may think and speak about other groups, the processes and the work of the other groups. Students may compare their own group to other groups in their course. As teachers we receive spontaneous comments about how students experience the group-work. Through course evaluations we also have the opportunity to receive annotations about how students consider group-work as working method. Even though a large number of studies have been presented on group-work very little attention has been paid to the students’ experience of the working method. Do students appreciate group projects or do they find it boring and even as a waste of time? Would some students rather prefer to work alone, or in “the other group”?
The aim of this paper presentation is to address students’ experiences of group-work as a working method in higher education. We want to focus on and elucidate the students’ point of view and how they assess working in groups.
Data was collected via structured questionnaire with multiple choice and open ended questions. The questionnaire was distributed to students on different study programmes.
This study is part of a lager research project on group-work at higher education and we will present some of the results from the questionnaire. In the presentation we will focus on students’ positive and negative experiences of group-work. We will also focus on their conceptions of how their own group works compared to other groups in their study program.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Group, group-work, students’ conceptions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21287OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21287DiVA: diva2:240928