Instructor-Assigned and Student-Selected Groups: A View from Inside

32 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2008

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Sandy Hilton

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Okanagan University College

Fred Phillips

University of Saskatchewan

Date Written: March 28, 2008

Abstract

This paper addresses an issue that most accounting instructors face when assigning group work: does the method of forming groups affect the group experience and, if so, how? Our study provides a student characterization of group formation effects, by examining student experiences as expressed in their own words in written journals. This view from inside the groups reveals subtle group formation effects not apparent in prior studies, and enriches findings derived from quantitative questionnaire responses. The findings from this study are used to create guidance for researchers, instructors, and students.

Keywords: Qualitative research, group projects, student teams, grounded theory

JEL Classification: M49, A22

Suggested Citation

Hilton, Andrew (Sandy) and Phillips, Fred, Instructor-Assigned and Student-Selected Groups: A View from Inside (March 28, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1151815 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1151815

Andrew (Sandy) Hilton

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Okanagan University College ( email )

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Fred Phillips (Contact Author)

University of Saskatchewan ( email )

Edwards School of Business
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Canada
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306-966-2514 (Fax)

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