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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Success in Groupwork

ISBN 9781137013750
Publication Date July 2010
Formats Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Pocket Study Skills

This guide provides students with practical advice and ideas to help them work effectively with other people and get the most out of their group project. It takes the reader from forming a group, working together on a project, dealing with conflict, using online resources through to delivering a group assessment.

PETER HARTLEY is Professor of Education Development at the University of Bradford where he runs the educational development team. Formerly Professor of Communication at Sheffield Hallam University, he has a longstanding interest in interpersonal communication and student groups, both in terms of theory and the development of practical support and resources. He has devised and produced innovative multimedia to enhance students skills and was one of the team who planned and developed the award-winning 'Making Groupwork Work' online resource, working with colleagues from the LearnHigher Centre for Excellence (CETL).

MARK DAWSON is Student Development Co-ordinator with the Learner Development Unit at the University of Bradford. After studying Geography and Earth Science at the University of Edinburgh, he worked at Leeds Metropolitan University with responsibility for managing the student experience, from pre-entry out-reach to final year graduation, co-ordinating activities designed to engage and develop students at all levels of study. He is an experienced facilitator and has supported students with a wide range of personal and academic-related issues.

Introduction.- Acknowledgements.- PART I: GETTING READY FOR GROUPWORK.- Why Groupwork Is Used In HE.- Key Challenges For Groups.- What You Can Do Beforehand.- PART II: CREATING THE TEAM.- How Groups Are Selected.- Making A Positive Start.- PART III: ORGANIZING YOUR GROUP.- Understanding The Task.- Organising Meetings.- Making Decisions.- PART IV: COMMUNICATION.- Reading The Group.- Effective Personal Communication.- Constructive Debate.- Dealing With Conflict.- PART V: ASSESSMENT AND REFLECTION.- Satisfying Assessment Criteria.- Reflecting On Your Experience.- Writing Up Your Reflection (Or Some Such).- Troubleshooting Guide.- References.- Useful Sources.- Index.


This book is fantastic. The information contained in such a tiny little book is enormous. I have used it to help me write an essay about team work for university.' - Amazon review
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