Group work – need for an informal contract between students

I toyed with the idea of using Adam Morgan’s group ‘contract’ in which students state how they will communicate, how often, how tasks will be divided among members and how conflict will be resolved. I formed groups based on students who chose similar cultural case study themes to research. I wanted to avoid ‘ghettoising’ – students just forming groups with their best mates – the workplace outside university does not function that way. I decided not to institute the group contracts in the end as groups seemed to be functioning well. However, that was a mistake. One group was dysfunctional because of one member’s less than satisfactory commitment and contribution. The group’s mark thus suffered and there were mutual recriminations. Next year a group contract will be instituted for each group.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s