ERIC Number: EJ1023063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
What Do Students Really Do in Learning Groups
Considine, Jennifer R.
Communication Teacher, v27 n4 p223-229 2013
This article describes an activity in which upon completion of this semester-long project, students should be able to: analyze and reflect upon their own communication behaviors in a group setting, and explain the importance of examining actual communication practices as opposed to retrospective self-report of communication practices. This project also allows instructors to assess students' performance in learning group meetings both inside and outside of class time. Instructors assign this project in two parts. First, students are asked to audio record all group meetings using a digital recorder and post these meetings to the course Web site. Second, students are asked to analyze a minimum of two hours of audio recordings to evaluate their team's performance during the semester. This analysis serves as the basis for their final course paper. This activity is designed for students taking courses in "Group Communication" and any communication course requiring the use of project groups.
Descriptors: Group Activities, Audio Equipment, Communications, Web Sites, Teamwork, Cooperative Learning, College Students, Student Projects, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Communication Skills, Peer Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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