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Group-work: does it have to be that bad?

Williams, A., Henry, L., Tucker, R. and Abassi, N. 2013, Group-work: does it have to be that bad?, in AUBEA 2013 : Proceedings of the 2013 38th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 1-10.

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Title Group-work: does it have to be that bad?
Author(s) Williams, A.
Henry, L.
Tucker, R.
Abassi, N.
Conference name Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Conference (38th : 2013 : Auckland, New Zealand)
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 20-22 Nov. 2013
Title of proceedings AUBEA 2013 : Proceedings of the 2013 38th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference
Editor(s) Gonzalez, Vicente
Yiu, Tak Wing
Publication date 2013
Conference series Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher University of Auckland
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Keyword(s) assessment
teamwork
Summary Many accreditation bodies and universities require the graduate attribute of "an ability to work in teams" or to "effectively collaborate". Students invariably dislike working in groups maintaining that "malingerers ride on the back" of those students who work hard and contribute effectively to the outcomes of the group or team. This is the context in which an ALTC/OLT project was established, the project is to consider ways of enhancing group-work in Architecture and design related disciplines. The project has identified the issues associated with group-work, from the perspective of student and lecturer, and has begun to develop strategies to overcome the issues. This paper reports on an assessment intervention made in a subject that involved significant levels of group-work, the initiative gained interesting responses from the students involved. Interestingly the class was multi-disciplinary and with a large percentage of international students. The students articulated during the focus group at the end of the experience were positive about the experience of having to collaborate. This paper reports on the assessment initiative as well as providing some insights into the students' experiences of working in groups.
Language eng
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, AUBEA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060788

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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