Student Motivation

Part of the series Plenum Series on Human Exceptionality pp 309-333

Significance of Cultural and Motivation Variables on Students’ Attitudes Towards Group Work

  • Simone VoletAffiliated withMurdoch University

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While the issues of group formation and group dynamics are well documented in the school context (Johnson et al., 1981; Slavin, 1983), what motivates, or alternately inhibits university students from different cultural backgrounds to engage in group work is largely unknown. In the university context, different types of group work can be identified, for example, informal study groups where students spontaneously study together of their own volition, or formal group work where students are required by their teacher to complete an assignment with a group of peers. The research reported in this paper concentrates on the latter category, the mandatory group assignments.