Capabilities Associated with University Group-work Activities: Experiential Benefits, Personal Attributes and Practically-acquired Skills

By Carmine Sellitto.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper reviewed the contemporary literature to identify and document the benefits that an undergraduate student might expect to acquire as a result of participating in university group-work activities. The benefits associated with student group-work projects were partitioned into three distinct types of student capabilities — experiential, personal and skills related. Experiential capabilities were found to be holistic in nature, tending to shape student persona and allowed the student to derive benefits that embodied elements of socialisation, role playing and interactive learning. The personal capabilities noted to be derived from group-work participation allow the individual to develop as an independent entity, whilst practically acquired skills embodied important elements of activity that potentially enhanced student collaboration, resource and time management, leadership and conflict resolution. The paper is an important contribution to the literature noting and documenting the benefits of group-work and segmenting these benefits into distinct areas of student capabilities

Keywords: University, Group-Work, Independence, Skills, Socialisation, Role Playing, Interactive Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.401-410. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.483MB).

Dr. Carmine Sellitto

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Tourism and Services Research, School of Management & Information Systems, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Carmine Sellitto is Research Associate with the Centre for Tourism and Services Research (CTSR) at Victoria University. He gained his PhD from RMIT University where his PhD received the Business student award for innovation. Dr Sellitto has published widely and some of his 85 peer-reviewed publications have been on topics associated with e-business, management and technology, tourism and IT, Internet-marketing, information quality and small business technology adoption.

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