When Group Work Leaves the Classroom Does Group Skills Development Also Go Out the Window?

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Title When Group Work Leaves the Classroom Does Group Skills Development Also Go Out the Window?
Author Baskin, Colin; Barker, Michelle Carmel; Woods, Peter Robert
Journal Name British Journal of Educational Technology
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract In moving towards what Lemke (1996) terms the 'interactive learning paradigm', higher education has adopted two key principles consistent with group learning technologies: • learning is always mediated by and occurs through language (Falk, 1997; Gee, 1997); and • learning is distributed across a range of other people, sites, objects, technologies and time (Gee, 1997). A third and relatively recent principle to emerge on the higher education scene that seems to 'contradict' accepted views of group learning technologies is that: • many universities now choose to offer 'learning resources' online. This paper asks whether Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are 'robust' enough to support, sustain and address industry, employer and government calls for greater attention to group skills development in university graduates. Data features an examination of respondent feedback (n=171) in an 'ICT-rich' group work setting, and the subsequent ratings of group skills development over a 13-week period. This discussion offers an account of learner outcomes by adopting Kirkpatrick's (1996) four levels of evaluation of learning as a classification scheme for determining learner satisfaction (Level One), the effectiveness of learning transfer (Level Two), its impact on practice (Level Three) and the appropriation of learning behaviours by participants (Level Four). The contrasting patterns of ICT use between female and male users in the data are discussed in relation to building social presence and producing social categories online. Differences reported here indicate that ICT group work is moving forward, but opportunities to challenge rather than reproduce.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117984068/home
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2005.00435.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at [www.blackwell-synergy.com.]
Volume 36
Issue Number 1
Page from 19
Page to 31
ISSN 0007-1013
Date Accessioned 2005-12-14
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Business and Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4638
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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