ERIC Number: EJ1218018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Enjoyable Group Projects? Utilizing Course Design and Technology to Create Meaningful Undergraduate Group Work
Hunter, Sally B.; Moran, Hayley B.; Mullican, K. Nicole; Connor, Lisa A.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v30 n2 p55-77 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether college students' attitudes toward group work could be influenced by thoughtful group project design. Undergraduate students (N = 123) in a lifespan human development course were assigned to groups and asked to create a smartphone app for a specific life stage. The authors utilized a convergent mixed-method approach to gain a better understanding of which factors (if any) influenced students' attitudes. Results of paired-samples t tests indicated that students' attitudes toward group work became more positive over time. Qualitative results revealed several reasons why students enjoyed having assigned group roles. Implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities, Group Dynamics, Instructional Design, Learner Engagement, Role, Individual Differences, Student Projects, Teamwork, Peer Evaluation, Attitude Change, Public Speaking, Personality, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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