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Student-initiated group management strategies for more effective and enjoyable group work experiences

Author(s): Jennifer Cumming

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 31;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: group management strategies | group process | cohesion

This study examined whether group processes and task cohesion mediated the relationship between student-initiated group management strategies and three specific outcomes of working in groups. Undergraduate students completed a multi-section questionnaire to measure group management strategies, perceptions about group processes, task cohesion, group effectiveness, enjoyment, and learning benefits. Use of group management strategies was positively related to all three outcomes. Further, group process and task cohesion mediated this relationship when the outcomes were effectiveness and enjoyment, but not learning benefits. These results indicate the importance of group management strategies for developing positive group working experiences in higher education.
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