n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Ghanaian undergraduate social work students' perception of group work

Volume 5, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Group work is one of the methods adopted in assessing tertiary students. In group work, students have to do interdependent learning for assessment and in this process of social learning they also acquire new skills. However, prior to Ghanaian students embarking on their undergraduate study their learning experience mostly was individualistic. Literature on group work is based on membership of five or less with none discussing larger groups or how students in African countries perceive group work. Hence the purpose of this study was to ascertain the effectiveness of group work in a Ghanaian university. The data for this paper was collated from an evaluation conducted for second year undergraduate students who were offering social work at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The findings revealed that group work enabled majority of the students to gain interpersonal skills and a better understanding of the course, whilst others found the experience stressful mainly due to free riders. It is concluded that to ensure effective learning for all students a better monitoring system for participation needs to be included in the assessments. The significance of the findings is that despite the inherent challenges of group work it provides another medium for learning for Ghanaian students, hence it is a good tool at the tertiary level. It is anticipated that these findings will serve as a guide for group work to be used more often in African universities thus impacting on tertiary education.

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