A valuable learning experience or frustrating waste of time? A study on students’ group work perceptions in Aalto University School of Business

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Mattila, Jukka
dc.contributor.author Selkälä, Reea
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-01T08:27:08Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-01T08:27:08Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/31467
dc.description.abstract This master’s thesis examines students’ group work perceptions in Aalto University School of Business as they were in fall 2017. Group work is used widely in the School of Business as a grading component on courses. In addition, the School encourages its students to participate in collaborative activities outside course setting. Previous research, however, is not unanimous on benefits brought along by group work, instead, problems can be expected to occur as well. Relying on previous research on group work’s positive and negative outcomes an online survey was conducted consisting of closed- and open-ended questions. The survey was published in a Facebook group popular among the student body and received 139 responses in total. A basic quantitative analysis was performed for data form closed questions whereas qualitative data from open questions was coded into themes to allow a simple quantitative analysis. Main findings from the study suggest that students’ group work perceptions are a bit closer to positive than to negative, however, extreme positive and negative perceptions were found as well. Negative perceptions were specifically caused by unequal distribution of work and effort, unfair grading and dysfunctional groups where motivation levels differ between group members, whereas positive perceptions were induced by the opportunity to learn more and from peers. Group work was also deemed important for students’ future career. This study also revealed that students with accumulated experience from group work have more positive perceptions than less experienced students. Additionally, it was found that by participating in group work the students have gained the skills that the School wishes them to, but other skills were mentioned too. Findings further suggest that group work practices and ways to implement them, as well as the amount of group work projects and pedagogical objectives behind group work, could benefit from re-evaluation done by the School of Business. en
dc.format.extent 92
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title A valuable learning experience or frustrating waste of time? A study on students’ group work perceptions in Aalto University School of Business en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword group work en
dc.subject.keyword student perceptions en
dc.subject.keyword group work implementation en
dc.subject.keyword benefits from group work en
dc.subject.keyword problems from group work en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201806012897
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.programme Management and International Business (MIB) en
dc.subject.helecon johtaminen fi
dc.subject.helecon ryhmätyö fi
dc.subject.helecon tiimityö fi
dc.subject.helecon opiskelijat fi
dc.subject.helecon asenteet fi
dc.subject.helecon kauppakorkeakoulut fi
dc.subject.helecon Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.ethesisid 17109
dc.location P1 I fi

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