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 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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