Groupwork in Higher Education: a Practitioner's Guide
Ryan, Michael F.
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This practitioner guide is designed to offer an overall framework for successfully developing and facilitating group work processes. It guides the novice practitioner through each stage of the process. It signposts associated challenges and provides suggestions for helpful responses. It also includes a range of resources and tools that can be modified and adapted to each practitioner context, where different disciplinary needs may require different approaches. Groupwork is a complex process and unpredictable variables inevitably emerge. This guide is intended to assist the effectiveness of groupwork processes and outcomes, while also acknowledging the need for adaptability and learning in the specific context as it unfolds. Sections 1 to 8 cover all the practical aspects of organising group work projects. Section 9 contains very useful tools, templates and resources to support the group work process. Facilitating successful group projects and processes requires patience, a commitment to being: organised, adaptable and responsive to situations as they unfold. The rewards are extensive. Participants learn how to engage with others, problem solve, work to deadlines, negotiate shared responsibility, manage conflict and experience the satisfaction of achieving a shared outcome. In the process, participants therefore learn a great deal about themselves. This resource will hopefully improve the quality of the groupwork process, the student experience and support your organsiation of group work projects and processes.
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