GROUP ASSIGNMENTS EFFECT STUDENTS PERFORMANCE
Siti Rafidah bt. Mohamed Ameen
University Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA)
DR ABD AZIZ ABDULLAH
Introduction and Background
Assignment is a common task that given by lecturer to students in order to enhance their understanding. Assignment should be carried out individually or by group. Individual assignment usually acceptable by student compare than group assignment. Group assignment sometimes is a trouble maker in order to fulfill the task given by lecturer but also group assignment enhance understanding of students.
Objective of Study
The following are the objective of the study:-
1. To identify satisfaction and workload of student while conducting group work. 2. To analyze the relationships between group assignment and students’ academic performance. 1.3 Research Questions
The following are the research questions of the study:-
1. Did students satisfied with their group project?
2. What the result provided based on group project?
Statement of Problem
In this study, the researcher founds that there are several statement of problem in the research. The first matter is about the matter of negative attitude of group members towards task given. Mostly, in a group only few members will contribute to their group project. The rest will be a free rider. This issue will lead to failure to achieve the learning outcome of syllabuses.
Significance of Study
This research conducted will help students to overcome the problem when they are need to fulfill the task that given by lecturers. To the lecturers, this research will assists the lecturers to plan and implement necessary and appropriate tasks to students for their better understanding. Besides that, this research will help the university to produce marketable graduate.
Limitation of Study
This research will carry out its own primary research in order to find out the identify problem that students faced while fulfill task in group and to analyze the relationships between group assignment and students’ academic performance. 1 The study is limited sampling based on surveyed questionnaire. The question will based on problem that students faced while fulfill task in group and to analyze the relationships between group assignment and students’ academic performance. However, the total sampling of the research may not accurate with the total number of university student. . 2 Draw backs in primary data collection. It is very difficult. Because, all data not already available. Some data related people feels, attitudes or opinion. And next important fact is both of primary data have qualitative and quantitative behavior. Both of data is dependents on people's opinion. 3 Time constraints. This should conduct simultaneously with other learning activities. Therefore, I must handle all learning and research activities under good time management. 4 Financial constraints. Due to cost involved mainly with the process of data collection, limited number of sources and the small size of sample area determined in advance.
Co-operative learning (also referred to as collaborative learning or group work) has been hailed as ‘one of the greatest success stories in the history of educational innovation’ (Slavin, 1996). This statement reflects the positive findings of co-operative learning on student achievements at school. Three main reasons for adopting group work are commonly cited: (1) group or collaborative learning is an effective form of learning (Slavin, 1996); (2) group work promotes teamwork skills that employers require and value (Cooper & Lybrand, 1998) and (3) efficiency in the use of staff time when student:staff ratios are falling (Sharp, 2006). In addition, group learning is onsidered to encourage life-long learning and may be better suited to some...
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