Controversial learning outcomes of less able students in assessed groupwork
ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation
EDRS No. ED451231. Paper presented at the Biennial Cross Campus Conference in Education (5th, St. Augustine, Trinidad, April 1999).
Explores why some students in the Caribbean do not do as well as expected in assessed groupwork. Study is based on peer assessment in 2 university courses taken by 57 students who worked in 8 groups (group sizes 4 to 10) with males and females participants, ranging in age from 20 to 46 years. Focuses on fundamental learning problems rather than on problems that might be associated with learning the content of a particular course. Findings indicate that less able students are unable to determine what the work entails. These findings are robust in that the correlations show that the effect is not just apparent for low achieving students, but that the effect decreases as the ability of the student increases. Findings were the same across groups of different sizes and across content areas. Suggestions are made about how students might reduce this problem.....