KSU Group Communication Research Team. How do Kennesaw State University students rate the effectiveness of working in group projects?. Researchers. Lauren Allen David Eller Vicki Ferguson Raymond Huey Josh Johnson Connie Lane Jinna Marbry.
KSU Group Communication Research Team
How do Kennesaw State University students rate the effectiveness of working in group projects?
“Individual commitment to a group effort: this is what makes a team work,
a company work, a society work,
and a civilization work.”
former Green Bay Packers Coach
The Research Problem…
Group Projects in College
SCANS ReportWhat Work Requires of Schools
Commissioned by the U. S. Dept. of Labor
in 1991 to perform a 12 month study to examine the demands of the workplace and if our young people are capable of meeting those demands.
Effective workers can productively use:
Peer Evaluation Process
Team Learning versus traditional learning
Students graded on a contingent grading system consisting of self and peer evaluation had a more positive experience in group projects than those graded with no regard to individual accountability.
Summary of Research
Working in teams
The majority of students have a positive experience working in teams, and cooperative learning is essential in preparing students for the workforce.
How do Kennesaw State University students rate the effectiveness of working in group/team projects?
The Focus Group
KSU RESEARCH DATA RESULTS
Interpretation of the Results
- Sowhat do the Research Results mean?
The data collected from 302 students reflects an overall rating of team project effectiveness as follows:
While the majority of those students surveyed support the effectiveness of group projects, students who dislike group projects are passionate about it - Comments
- What might have stopped us?
Where do we go from here?
Where do we go from here?
1. Address Student Workload Distribution Concerns
- Universal Template
2. Address Difficulty in Coordinating Group Meeting Times
- Review Campus Facility Usage Policies
- Institute the use of Web Meeting Technology
3. Address the need for Group Members to Meet Expectations Consistently
- A Project Progression Chart
- A Standard of Evaluation
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