IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(11): 962-965 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.587

Group Work: A Millennial Myth — Improving Group Work in the Basic Course and Beyond

Chris Gurrie
Abstract—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?

Index Terms—Communication, group work, millennials, learning styles.

Chris Gurrie is with the University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL: 33606 USA (e-mail: cgurrie@ut.edu).

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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.

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