Dealing With Slackers<br />Craig Santoski<br />
Introduction<br />Scott Myers- Associate Professor of Communication Studies at West Virginia University<br />Nicole A. Smith, Mary A. Eidsness, Leah M Bogdan, Brooke A. Zackery, Michelle R. Thompson, Meghan E. Schoo, Angela N. Johnson<br />
Purpose<br />Study views of students in college classroom work group<br />How students react to slackers<br />Recommendations of students of how to deal with slackers<br />
Data Collection<br />Focus groups<br />Five groups that lasted one hour with a total of 37 students<br />Students were from an introductory small group communication course<br />
Research Questions<br />What do group members find frustrating about working with slackers?<br />How do group members deal with slackers?<br />What recommendations would group members make for dealing with slackers?<br />
Why Focus Groups?<br />When in focus groups you “listen, gather information, and try to understand how people feel or think about an issue, product, service, or idea”<br />Individuals in focus groups are valuable sources of firsthand information who share this information if asked the right questions.<br />
During Focus Group<br />Three or four team members: moderator, one or two notetakers, and a greeter<br />Each team used the same questioning guide, which consisted of eleven questions<br />Questions developed by the authorsprior to groups<br />Only three of the questions served as the focal point<br />
Focus Groups<br />Work well if used correctly<br />Some answers are built on others responses<br />Many people have responses that would not appear on paper<br />
Conclusion<br />Three conclusions were drawn<br />1. College students working in groups report working with slackers is frustrating due to a lack of indifference on the slackers’ part<br />2. They either ignore or include slackers in the group task<br />3. They would confront slackers during future group work<br />
Effectiveness<br />Article was able to find how students feel about slackers in group work<br />Found how students deal with slackers and what they will do with slackers in later group work<br />
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