There is strong scientific support of the benefits of students learning and working in groups. Comprehensive research studies have verified that learning in groups has several advantages compared with traditional lessons and promotes both academic achievement and socialisation. Research on group work in educational settings has traditionally focused on under which circumstances group work will be effective and how to accomplish this effectiveness. More resent research have also paid attention to the participants experiences regarding group work. During the last decade we have conducted several studies on group work in different levels of the educational system, emphasising the participants’ experiences of this particular pedagogical practise. The participants have been students (in compulsory and higher education) and teachers (teaching children age 13-16).
Material and methods
The overarching purpose of this paper is to present a qualitative interpretive meta-analysis derived from our research were the objective has been to capture the participants’ views of group work and to let the participants’ voices be the prime source of information addressing their experiences of group-work. Can the result from this meta-study enrich our knowledge and supply a better understanding on the essence of successful group work?
The result reveals that it is possible to discern different participants’ more (i.e. group composition, assessment) or less (i.e. trust, ambition) shared conditions on group work.
Additionally, further analyses revealed the interplay between conditions and group work as object or means, as well as, structure and processes inside or outside the group, which displayed the relation between different participants’ perspective on group work.
The informants’ statements clearly demonstrate the importance of to show consideration to the participants’ voices in order to create high-quality group work. The result from this meta-study enriches our knowledge and supplies a better understanding on the essence of successful group work.
GRASP 2012, The 8th Nordic Conference on Group and
Social Psychology, Bergen, May 03 - 04, 2012