Promoting group participation : a conscious approach to collaboration

Norton, Denise 2008, Promoting group participation : a conscious approach to collaboration, E A journal, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 24-32.

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Title Promoting group participation : a conscious approach to collaboration
Author(s) Norton, Denise
Journal name E A journal
Volume number 24
Issue number 1
Start page 24
End page 32
Total pages 9
Publisher English Australia (E L I C O S Association)
Place of publication Darlinghurst, N.S.W.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1444-4496
Summary Collaborative group work has increasingly been adopted as a learning and assessment tool at tertiary level, yet despite the prevalence of group
activities within the language classroom, feedback from university faculties is that international students struggle in this area. While the problem is
one of communication, language proficiency is only part of the picture. Diverse cultural expectations and students’ individual personalities play a significant role. In light of this, Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) decided to focus on successful participation in group work as a specific learning outcome in the EAP stream. Beginning with the recognition that having students work in groups was not, by itself, sufficient to equip them with the necessary skills for successful
collaboration, it was decided to develop a program designed to instill in students a more conscious awareness of group dynamics and of their own adopted roles and behaviours within groups. Our central aim was to encourage students to take responsibility for fostering a group dynamic
that benefited from the diversity of the student population and to raise students’ confidence in tackling academic group work.
Language eng
Field of Research 200303 English as a Second Language
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
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