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The Learning Conference 2003

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Who cares about groupwork?

Irene Tempone, Janet Gregory, Trevor Tyson.


This is a story from the School of Business at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. It derives from the pressures on staff to commit to groupwork in the face of significant student discontent with group experiences. The authors reflect on an instance of their own groupwork experience to provide possible insights into ways to enhance their students’ experience. We discover some significant similarities and differences between our own experience and our observation of student groups, which has increased our empathy for the difficulties the students encounter when completing group tasks.

Presenters

Irene Tempone  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer, Educational Development Co-ordinator
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Irene is a Lecturer in accounting and the Educational Development Coordinator for the School of Business, Swinburne University of Technology. Her PhD thesis topic was “Variation in student learning in accounting” with one of the three main themes being student approaches to groupwork.


Janet Gregory  (Australia)
Lecturer


Janet Gregory is a lecturer in Organisation Behaviour/Human Resource Management in the School of Business, Swinburne University of Technology. Her PhD research concerns the responses of university lecturers to cultural diversity in the classroom.


Trevor Tyson  (Australia)
Lecturer
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology


Keywords
  • Groups
  • Generic skills
  • Diversity
  • Group Processes



(30 min Paper Presentation, English)