Group work

Aug. 8th, 2017 03:18 pm
liv: Cartoon of a smiling woman with a long plait, teaching about p53 (teacher)
[personal profile] liv
I'm on a mission to redeem group work in education. I expect this to be controversial among many of my friends. So if I'm right and lots of you have terrible memories / experiences of being made to do bad group work, I invite you to comment here and tell me what was bad about it. Do you think it's just awful, or are there problems that might be fixed? I believe strongly that while it can be dire, it can also be great, or perhaps I might phrase it as, there are things that look like group work superficially but are actually great.

Because I'm on a mission this may turn into a more formal research survey at some point, but in that case I'll pose the question in a formal context with ethics and everything. Right now I'm just trying to gather some opinions and not just rely on my own ideas. Plus I am eye-deep in paperwork and I could do with some distraction, so do rant away.

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Date: 2017-08-09 01:34 am (UTC)
siderea: (Default)
From: [personal profile] siderea
Like, lots of people are terrified (often justifiably) of the consequences of poor performance, but don't in fact have the ability to get perfect marks all the time by working on their own with no input from others. So they're not better off if forced to work individually.

Welp, you just absolutely slammed one of my buttons: you have to be abused by this educational process for the good of other people.

You have two people, one of whom, A, will get bad marks regardless, and one of whom, B, reasonably believes they will get bad marks if in a group and good marks alone. Also, B will be beaten by their parent if they bring bad marks home.

And you just said, "Well, it's not actually safer to do individual work, because look at A's case."

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Date: 2017-08-09 09:13 pm (UTC)
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
I am acquainted with a college student who feels in danger of their life if they don't know how to do an assignment.

The history: an egregiously emotionally abusive and physically neglectful home of origin, knowing that another 4+ years of emotional abuse would kill them, realizing that they would have to have college funding that didn't depend on parental cooperation (because of course "I am paying for college" and/or "I am cooperating with loan paperwork" could be used as a lever for abuse), and getting an appropriate scholarship depended on stellar grades. (College is now taken care of independent of the parents, but the student has not fully recovered from that level of abuse overnight.)


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