Listening to student opinions about group assessment.
Mousley, Judith and Campbell, Coral 2007, Listening to student opinions about group assessment., in MERGA 30 : Mathematics: essential research, essential practice : Proceedings of the 30th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, held at Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Hobart, Tasmania, 2-6 July 2007, MERGA, Adelaide, S. Aust., pp. 895-899.
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MERGA 30 : Mathematics: essential research, essential practice : Proceedings of the 30th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, held at Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Hobart, Tasmania, 2-6 July 2007
Watson, Jane Beswick, Kim
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference
2 v. (xii, 923 p.)
Place of publication
Adelaide, S. Aust.
This paper illustrates the way two teacher-researchers are listening to mathematics education students’ voices in a Masters course. Group assignments have their advantages but it is difficult to ensure strong collaboration, high-level analysis and discussion, a good spread of work between group members, and positive social interactions. This research set out to explore one way of attending to these problems in a mathematics education Masters unit. Students submitted (unmarked) individual essays before combining them to create (graded) group assignments. They completed surveys about group work before and after this activity, and some were interviewed. Expecting individual work before group work led to increased levels of engagement, very high quality work, use of skills in analysis and critique, and good levels of student satisfaction.
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