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Dilemma - Attitudes About Working in Groups


(Note: this dilemma can be approached as written, that is from the perspective of the faculty member dealing with the situation below, or you can put yourself in the position of a developer working with this faculty member.)

A student comes to your office after class and states "I don't do groups." Group work is an important component of the class, as teamwork is one of the primary learning objective of the course. Furthermore, the course is based on project-based learning, and 30% of each individual grade is calculated from group projects. What do you do? Do you require a group activity under any circumstance? Do you try to get the person to buy-in on collaborative work? Or, do we find an equitable alternative?


Note: This dilemma was written by Alan Boyle, David Mogk, Karl Wirth, Suki Smaglik, Lisa Gilbert, Kathie Owens, & Lew Brown at the SERC Affective Domain workshop in February 2007 and modified for the POD workshop.


Proposed Solution to this Dilemma

Written at the POD workshop

Attitudes about Working in Groups


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