The Problem With Group Projects

Alfred Thompson, Computer Science Teacher, Aug 14, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I was never a fan of group projects, for two reasons: first, someone else, usually without a firm grasp on the material, wanted to take charge; and second, no matter who was in charge, I ended up doing all the work. (I did once let the other person do all the work; we got 160/200, so we agreed she would get 100% and I would take my easy 60 - this was in my rebellious high school years). The lesson (drawn in the comments) is that "if we are not explicitly teaching how to be effective in a group, how can we expect students to just "pick it up" from an imposed assignment structure?"

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