Tuesday, March 19, 2013
ACA: More reflections on studying alone vs. studying in groups
Haley Scholars Spring 2013 Reading Groups
Last week, we started receiving some important comments about studying alone vs. studying collaboratively in groups. We'd like to hear more from you on the subject.
One of our contributors noted that after reading the first part of chapter 4 of Academically Adrift that "I was further convinced that collaborative learning does not play much of a role in facilitating student learning," because "meeting up with fellow classmates can quickly turn in to a social experience and it's difficult to create the necessary environment to enhance student learning." Another commenter observed a feeling of being "shocked" by the evidence the authors offered concerning the problems with collaborative study.
On the other hand, another one of our peers, who has had experience working beyond college, noted that the first part of the chapter was "a bit harsh" perhaps: "when we enter the workforce we absolutely have to be prepared to work with others" and thus "the idea of decreasing group study or collaborative projects to satisfy some standardized testing is bogus in my book. There just has to be a little more self-discipline and balance."
What do you think? How can we follow up and extend on what has been said, or better yet, how can we better pinpoint the problem or challenge with making collaborative work or group studying more effective?