Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Stepping Stones for a Careful Approach to Groupwork

Trevor Tyson, Dr Irene Tempone, Janet Gregory.


This paper describes the second stage of a research program on learning and teaching groupwork. The program, at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, was first documented by the authors in their paper titled 'Who cares about groupwork?', presented at the 2002 Learning Conference in London. Drawing on their insights and conclusions from that paper, the authors designed a learning strategy which aims to enhance the quality of student experiences of working in groups. This paper outlines the strategy and the theories that influenced its design, including learning and developmental theories. Data collected from the first students to use this learning tool are analysed to give direction to its further refinement and use in the next stage of the research.

Presenters

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



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

Dr Irene Tempone 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
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

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.

Keywords
  • Groupwork
  • Interpersonal process
  • Learning
  • Generic skills.



(30 min. Conference Paper, English)