Postgraduate students' attitudes towards group work: experiences within a forensic chemistry programme

Hamnett, Hilary and McKie, Amanda E. and Morrison, Calum (2018) Postgraduate students' attitudes towards group work: experiences within a forensic chemistry programme. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 19 (4). pp. 1240-1252. ISSN 1756-1108

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1039/C8RP00126J

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Abstract

The ability to work in a group is an important skill for graduates. Although the experiences of
undergraduate students with group work have been extensively explored, there is much less information
in the literature regarding postgraduate students and no information on those enrolled in science
programmes. In this study, participants from a taught applied chemistry postgraduate MSc programme
report their attitudes and experiences with group work. The usefulness of this approach and of scientific
discourse for learning and teaching several key concepts is also explored. Participants in the study
completed attitudinal questionnaires and group/individual multiple choice question (MCQ) tests. They
reported a range of skills developed through working together, mixed preferences for group vs. individual
assignments, and comparison of the mean MCQ test scores between participants working individually and
in groups demonstrated no statistically significant differences.

Additional Information:The final published version of this article can be accessed online at https://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2018/RP/C8RP00126J#!divAbstract
Keywords:Group work, Postgraduate, Key concept
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F100 Chemistry
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Science > School of Chemistry
ID Code:33716
Deposited On:18 Oct 2018 13:02

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