—Whether in indirect conversations with students
or advisees; or directly assigned in one’s own class, it seems
today’s courses involve a lot of group work and subsequently
students are involved in several group assignments: group
projects, group presentations, group papers. The literature
mostly shows that traditional-aged college students work better
in groups. Yet, casual conversations with students in the
academy often reveal that they dislike group work. Students
will cite the difficult communication with group members or
imbalanced workloads. Poor experiences in student work
groups can ruin the sense of community within the class and
even the institution. This purpose of this body of research was to
study students and their preferences when involved in groups
and answer the question: is the desire to work in groups simply
a Millennial myth?
—Communication, group work, millennials,
Chris Gurrie is with the University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd,
Tampa, FL: 33606 USA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Chris Gurrie, " Group Work: A Millennial Myth — Improving Group
Work in the Basic Course and Beyond," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 962-965, 2015.