Group Work: Work Together for Academic Success

Group Work: Work Together for Academic Success

by Patrick McMahon


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Will give students the skills needed to work well with others and feel confident contributing to group projects

Through practical exercises and real-life case studies students will learn from this guide how to form effective groups, assign roles, establish rules, and deal with difficult group situations. It also includes information on academic expectations, so students understand the requirements of studying at a university; helpful tips and summaries; an answer key; and a glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007507146
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Series: Collins English for Academic Purposes Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Patrick McMahon has taught English since 1987.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Why do group work? 8

understand why university students work in groups

discover what teamwork skills involve and why you use them

appreciate the value of working with other students

recognize the importance of process over product in your work

Chapter 2 Preparing for group work 16

learn ways of forming a group and getting to know each other

recognize the value of team-building activities

assign roles and responsibilities, establish rules and share contact information

create a shared digital workspace

Chapter 3 Planning your group assignment 28

understand how to interpret your assignment: what you are being asked to do

understand the requirements of the task

use a brainstorming technique to generate ideas

learn techniques for scheduling your work

recognize the importance of setting clear goals

Chapter 4 Working collaboratively 38

learn how to be an effective group member and organize successful group meetings

recognize the importance of listening to others

develop negotiating skills

understand how groups develop over time

Chapter 5 How different people learn and study 46

understand the impact of learning styles on group work

recognize the link between personality types and team roles

understand the role of cultural differences

Chapter 6 Monitoring progress 60

review your own performance

review the team's performance

give and receive feedback on peer performance

review your goals

Chapter 7 When things get hard 68

recognize and identify problems within groups

understand how to solve problems

understand group dynamics

deal with difficult group members

understand when to seek support

Chapter 8 Presenting in a group 76

assess group presentations

plan a group presentation

practise a group presentation

deliver a group presentation

Chapter 9 Writing in a group 84

plan your group writing task

revise drafts and give peer feedback

proofread the final draft

carry out reflective writing

Chapter 10 Study groups 94

understand the role of a study group

form a study group

identify different purposes for study groups: lectures, reading, presentations, writing, seminars and exams

Chapter 11 Online group work 104

understand the nature of and reasons for online group work

recognize the challenges and benefits of online group work

develop strategies for online group work

Chapter 12 Learning from your experience of group work 112

evaluate the group work experience

set goals for the future

learn from other students' experiences

learn from lecturers' thoughts about group work


Appendix 1 Useful phrases 120

Appendix 2 Interviews with students about group work 123

Appendix 3 Interviews with lecturers about group work 133

Appendix 4 Skills, abilities and qualities for group work 142

Appendix 5 Useful forms and activities 143

Appendix 6 Example group presentation 160

Glossary 165

Answer key 172

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