Effect of group formation on performance, task management and social loafing

Senadji, Bouchra & Dawes, Les A. (2010) Effect of group formation on performance, task management and social loafing. In Proceedings of the 21st Annual Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference (AaeE2010) : Past, Present, Future, University of Technology, Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, pp. 64-69.

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Engineering graduates of today are required to adapt to a rapidly changing work environment. In particular, they are expected to demonstrate enhanced capabilities in both mono-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teamwork environments. Engineering education needs, as a result, to further focus on developing group work capabilities amongst engineering graduates. Over the last two years, the authors trialed various group work strategies across two engineering disciplines. In particular, the effect of group formation on students' performance, task management, and social loafing was analyzed. A recently developed online teamwork management tool, Teamworker, was used to collect students' experience of the group work. Analysis showed that students who were allowed to freely allocate to any group were less likely to report loafing from other team members, than students who were pre-allocated to a group. It also showed that performance was more affected by the presence or absence of a leader in pre-allocated rather than free-allocated groups.

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ID Code: 39388
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: group formation, social loafing, student motivation, HERN
ISBN: 9780646546100
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > OTHER ENGINEERING (099900) > Engineering not elsewhere classified (099999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2011 03:38
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:33

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