Dr Ann Walker had the original concept and Dr Lisa Reidy supported the process.
Positive experiences:63.8% strongly agree/agree that group work experience has been positive60.3% groups worked well togetherGroup work provides a basis for skill development including negotiation (70.7% strongly agree/agree) and conflict resolution( 61.4% strongly agree/agree).
81% had group problems as deadlines approached.89.5% had issues with individual members not completing work.53.4% experienced members falling out to some extentOther experiences included gossiping (55.6%) and members not talking to each other (44.8%)47.4% reported tutor selected groups to be more problematic.10.2% had observed some form of bullying or harassment in group workThe dark blue columns represent possible bullying style behaviours whilst the pink is actual reported bullying or harassment in group work.
Nicola Dimelow Paper @ Learning and Teaching Conference 2012
University? Bullying and Group harassment work Negative PositiveSchool Work experience experience
64 %agree/strongly agree that group work experience was positive Positive reports of group work experiences (in percentages) 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 worked well together improved negotiation conflict resolution project management listen to other peoples skills skills views
Reported negative experiences during group work (in percentages)100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 problems as individuals gossiping not talking to bullying or falling out I did most of deadlines not each other harrassment the work approached completing their share of the work
Reduced contribution to task: 28.1% (n=16)admitted to contributing less to a group assignment not understanding the task (25%), preference to working alone (37.5%), other students being more intelligent (25%), negative group behaviours (12.5%), members not listening to ideas (18.8%) too many other commitments (18.8%)
Group work has many positive aspects however when tutors are designing the task they need to Be available to individuals who are experiencing difficulties Set up a code of conduct for collaborative working Consider if it is fair to have group work tasks that are assessed