Multicultural influences on group learning: a qualitative higher education study

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Title Multicultural influences on group learning: a qualitative higher education study
Author Sweeney, Arthur; Weaven, Scott Keith W; Herington, Carmel Ann
Journal Name Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
Editor Professor William Scott
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Although the literature examining the usefulness of group projects is extensive, the link between cooperative learning, group performance and skills transfer in multicultural contexts remains unclear. Focus groups were conducted with a sample of 107 international and domestic postgraduate and undergraduate marketing students to investigate this link. Results confirm that group work facilitates the development of interpersonal skills, cross-cultural collaboration and higher-level learning. While there is the promise of transfer of learning to other situations, group learning effectiveness appears conditional on instructors preparing, coaching and debriefing students as to the expected benefits associated with participation in group projects throughout the semester. In addition, limited differences were observed between how international and domestic students responded to group activities, although this may (in part) be due to subtle differences in preconceived attitudes to group learning activities from the outset.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602930601125665
Volume 33
Issue Number 2
Page from 119
Page to 132
ISSN 0260-2938
Date Accessioned 2008-06-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Marketing and Market Research
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/20321
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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