Optimising collaborative learning and group work amongst tertiary students

Mehrdad Arashpour, Julia Lamborn, Parisa Farzanehfar

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Team work and group assessments have become very common in the higher education context with the aim of enhancing communication skills and student engagement. However, group member accountability introduces a new challenge and constraint to groups in achieving their best performance. To investigate this issue, the current research analyzes the relationship between performance of individual members and group composure to test their relationship and dependency. Towards this research aim, individual and group marks in several units in were analyzed statistically. Empirical results show that there is tendency amongst same-gender students to team up together and this has a significant impact on group results. The current research contributes to improvement of theory and practice in higher education and identifies opportunities to enhance effectiveness of group work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISEC 2019 - 10th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference
EditorsDidem Ozevin, Hossein Ataei, Asli Pelin Gurgun, Mehdi Modares, Siamak Yazdani, Amarjit Singh
PublisherISEC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780996043762
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Structural Engineering and Construction Conference 2019 - Chicago, United States of America
Duration: 20 May 201925 May 2019
Conference number: 10th


ConferenceInternational Structural Engineering and Construction Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleISEC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Collaborative learning
  • Free-riding
  • Gender equality
  • Group assignments
  • Higher education pedagogy
  • Individual assessment
  • Performance and output
  • Project-based learning
  • Self-selected groups
  • Student experience

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