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5.5 What strategies can be used to ensure appropriate collaboration in a group work context?

  • Understand clearly what the group is to do - often a task set for a group is about how the group operates as a group, as well as about what the group produces. Check this out with your teacher before you begin.
  • Group projects require careful division of responsibility - it is not about how little work you can get away with. Group work requires maximum effort from everyone. Ask your teacher to advise you on individual responsibilities.
  • Discuss the group's expectations for work quality - identify what the group is working towards - the final product.
  • Make sure that all members of the group know about appropriate citation, referencing and acknowledgements - don't assume that everyone knows this already.
  • Each group member could be encouraged to keep a personal journal which records contributions to the work of the group - this can be used to inform the teacher of individual contributions.
  • Everyone checks the final draft for citation and attribution errors before submitting it for marking - this helps to maintain consistency in citation formatting, ensures there are no unnecessary duplications and is a final check to ensure appropriate acknowledgement of sources.
  • Communicate frequently with your teacher - if there are problems with unequal contributions to the overall group task, discuss this with your teacher.
  • Seek support from your teacher or school counsellor if you are being bullied into unethical behaviour.


What next

If you haven’t completed all the modules select from the list below to get started:  

  1. Scholarship Principles and Practices
  2. Acknowledging Sources
  3. Plagiarism
  4. Copyright
  5. Working with others

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