Working in groups
It is believed that students who work in groups, are able to deliver projects more effectively than those that work individually. In my opinion, this statement is somewhat true but does not apply to everyone. In the following paragraphs I shall discuss this statement further and elaborate on the reasons for this.
Firstly, it is important to understand that not all students work in a similar manner. While a number of team members are motivated to work harder when discussing ideas, some of them tend to take a laid-back approach. They rely on others to accomplish what they believe they cannot achieve. I remember being in a similar situation once. We were asked to work on the design of a multi-story apartment for the middle class society. Out of the four members, only two of us worked hard and attended all lectures. Furthermore, we had to cover up for all the work that was not done. It’s for this reason I believe teamwork to be a hard tedious process.
However, this is not always the case and there are some benefits to working in groups. In classrooms, when teachers assign students to groups to converse over a topic or question, this tends to initiate dialogue. Discussions are essential to students because it enables them to think about the answer and debate their results amongst each other. One of the most effective examples of this is seen in primary schools. The arrangement of tables is always a four or five table seating, and kids are always encouraged to share their answers. Another benefit for this is that students learn to share their ideas and listen to each other. This will further enhance teaching methods and students will learn more from each other.
To sum up, I believe that while group projects have their drawbacks, they come with many benefits. It is important for teachers to assess projects adequately and decide upon whether a group project would be appropriate or not.