Perhaps, not to the extreme that you’ll experience in group projects (sometimes, more of an extreme) but, throughout your academic career, you’ve likely noticed that there are several distinct types of group member personalities. However, you still may not have discovered how to deal with each character.
6. Draft a document planner for the group project. Write a research proposal and submit it to your instructor. Your proposal should identify what you want to do, how you want to do it, and when you can have it done.
Ungroup projects associated with a project group, if required.
Despite the average college students extreme hate for group projects, Professors still are assigning them semester after semester with hopes of making students into “well rounded,” social, and to try to help them develop character.
If structured well, group projects can promote important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for a work world in which teamwork and collaboration are increasingly the norm. This section provides advice for faculty employing group projects. We examine the following questions:While the potential learning benefits of group work are significant, simply assigning group work is no guarantee that these goals will be achieved. In fact, group projects can – and often do – backfire badly when they are not , , and in a way that promotes meaningful teamwork and deep collaboration.Group projects can help students develop a host of skills that are increasingly important in the professional world (Caruso & Woolley, 2008; Mannix & Neale, 2005). Positive group experiences, moreover, have been shown to contribute to student learning, retention and overall college success (Astin, 1997; Tinto, 1998; National Survey of Student Engagement, 2006).Few of us act alone in the real world. Most things are done with the help or ideas of other people. Group projects are great practice for high school, college, and real life, when you will probably have a job that requires working with others. Right now, group projects can be fun and they often allow you to do a bigger, more interesting project than you could alone. With group work, you can actually learn more in less time.