Dealing with Slackers in College
   Classroom Work Groups

   COLLEGE STUDENT JOURNAL, JUNE 2009

   BY: SCOTT A. MEYER, N...
Purpose


 The purpose of this study was to explore the
 presence of slackers in a college classroom work
 group.

 Also...
Slacker



 A group member who fails to contribute equally or
 equitably to a group task.

 Considered to be a deviant g...
Method: Focus Groups

 37 Students recruited from an introductory
 communication’s course

 5 one hour groups


 Each g...
Research Questions

1.   What do group members find frustrating about
     working with slackers?

2. How do group members...
Frustration with Slackers

 Besides the general lack of participation from
 slacker, most participants believe that slack...
Dealing with Slackers

 Ignore
   The only option is to do the work for them

   Put their name on the group project, b...
Recommendation to deal
                  with Slackers



 Clear and direct communications


 Address potential slackers...
Effectiveness


 Focus Groups
   Purpose is to “listen, gather information and understand how
    people feel or think a...
Conclusion

 College students working in classroom work groups
 report working with slackers to be frustrating due to
 la...
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  1. 1. Dealing with Slackers in College Classroom Work Groups COLLEGE STUDENT JOURNAL, JUNE 2009 BY: SCOTT A. MEYER, NICOLE A. SMITH, MARY A. EIDSNESS, LEAH M. BOGDAN, BROOKE A. ZACKERY, MICHELLE R. THOMPSON, MEGHAN R. THOMPSON, MEGHAN E. SCHOO, ANGELA N. JOHNSON
  2. 2. Purpose  The purpose of this study was to explore the presence of slackers in a college classroom work group.  Also, how students react to slackers, and the recommendations students would make for working with slackers in future group projects.
  3. 3. Slacker  A group member who fails to contribute equally or equitably to a group task.  Considered to be a deviant group members, the presence of slackers can be harmful to a group.
  4. 4. Method: Focus Groups  37 Students recruited from an introductory communication’s course  5 one hour groups  Each group was a team of 3 or 4 members  Voluntary and Confidential
  5. 5. Research Questions 1. What do group members find frustrating about working with slackers? 2. How do group members deal with slackers? 3. What recommendations would group members make for dealing with slackers?
  6. 6. Frustration with Slackers  Besides the general lack of participation from slacker, most participants believe that slackers are full aware of their dysfunctional behavior.  Participants reported was that slackers make excuses for their behavior.  When slackers failed to do their share of work, their lack of motivation affected the group in a negative manner.
  7. 7. Dealing with Slackers  Ignore  The only option is to do the work for them  Put their name on the group project, because it’s a hassle to deal with  Include  Assign them minor task  Keep them updated with group progress
  8. 8. Recommendation to deal with Slackers  Clear and direct communications  Address potential slackers early in the project  Give some type of initial warning
  9. 9. Effectiveness  Focus Groups  Purpose is to “listen, gather information and understand how people feel or think about an issue, product, service or idea.  Individuals participating in focus groups are valuable sources of firsthand information.
  10. 10. Conclusion  College students working in classroom work groups report working with slackers to be frustrating due to lack of indifference on the slackers part.  Deal with slackers by either ignoring them or include them in group task.  Confront slackers in future group projects.
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