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Friendship and choosing groupmates: Preferences for teacher-selected versus student selected groupings.


Friendship and choosing groupmates: Preferences for teacher-selected versus student selected groupings.

Mitchell, Sidney N., Reilly, Rosemary C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7274-4488, Bramwell, Gillian, Slonosky, Anthony and Lilly, Frank R. (2004) Friendship and choosing groupmates: Preferences for teacher-selected versus student selected groupings. Journal of Instructional Psychology (31). pp. 20-32. ISSN 0094-1956

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This study represents a collaborative school university partnership. Using a mixed-method approach, the authors report on the motivational and psychological consequences of students choosing their groupmates in cooperative learning triads. 139 students in five science classes participated in this study. Classes were randomly assigned to condition: Teacher-selected or student-selected. In teacher-selected classes, the teacher chose the members of each group; in student-selected classes, the students chose their groupmates. Results revealed a decrease in willingness to choose one's groupmates. Focus group data indicated that students felt obligated to choose friends as groupmates, and low-achieving students questioned the value of working with similar others. Teachers should be aware that when permitting students to choose their groupmates that friendships and status hierarchies exert strong influences on choice of partner.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Item Type:Article
Authors:Mitchell, Sidney N. and Reilly, Rosemary C. and Bramwell, Gillian and Slonosky, Anthony and Lilly, Frank R.
Journal or Publication:Journal of Instructional Psychology
Date:March 2004
Keywords:Friendship, Selection, Group Membership, Teacher Responsibility, Student Responsibility, High School Students, Science Instruction, Focus Groups, Cooperative Learning, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Heterogeneous Grouping, Homogeneous Grouping, Peer Relationship, Social Influences, Social Status, Reputation
ID Code:984772
Deposited On:17 Dec 2018 20:27
Last Modified:17 Dec 2018 20:27
Additional Information:ERIC Number: EJ774034


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