The need for higher education reform - problems faced with assessing collaborative team based work

Publisher:
ICME 2004
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
The Future of Mathematics Education, 2004, pp. 24 - 28
Issue Date:
2004-01
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Witht he rise in group work across schools and universities, there has been a great deal of research regarding the beneficial impacts of teamwork on learning. However, research is limited in the area of assessment of group work in mathematics at the tertiary level. This qualitative based study in asn investigation into problems faced by tertiary students with assessment of group work in mathematics. This study is part of a larger project aimed at investigating th effects of collaborative learning methods in higher education mathematics. The overall objective is to facilitate learning that ismore meaningful and to promote deeper understanding of concepts covered in first year mathematics. Twenty students studying a first year mathematics subject were involved in in-depth interviews. Implications for assessment policy are discussed with some recommendations mase.
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