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Generic skills development and satisfaction with groupwork among business students : Effect of country of permanent residency

Stephen T.T. Teo (School of Management, Curtin University, Perth, Australia)
Naomi Segal (School of Management, Curtin University, Perth, Australia)
Adam C. Morgan (Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Sydney, Australia)
Peter Kandlbinder (Institute for Interactive Media and Learning, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
Karen Y. Wang (School of Management, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
Anurag Hingorani (School of Marketing, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 10 August 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine variables explaining students’ positive and negative experiences of groupwork and connect country of residence with the perception of generic skills development and self‐reported satisfaction with groupwork. It also aims to examine the effect of prior training in groups from the perspective of Australian and Non‐Australian permanent residency Business students.

Design/methodology/approach

Respondents were 389 undergraduate and postgraduate Business students at an Australian metropolitan university. A path model was developed and analysed using partial least squares modeling.

Findings

Students’ country of residence had a significant influence on reporting of generic skill development and experience of groupwork. Self‐reported improvement in generic skills after groupwork assessment was associated with reporting of fewer negative and more positive aspects of working in groups.

Research limitations/implications

The findings were limited by using data collected from students enrolled in one undergraduate and one postgraduate subject at the conclusion of a group assignment from one university. Future research should test the model by extending it to other universities and non‐Business units. Future research should rely on a longitudinal design, where the survey is carried out at the beginning and the end of the group assessment.

Practical implications

It is important to ensure both domestic and international students acquire generic skills through groupwork and that prior training in groupwork takes place before group assessments.

Originality/value

The study provides empirical evidence supporting the incorporation of generic skill teaching into academic practice prior to assigning groupwork to students.

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Citation

Teo, S.T.T., Segal, N., Morgan, A.C., Kandlbinder, P., Wang, K.Y. and Hingorani, A. (2012), "Generic skills development and satisfaction with groupwork among business students : Effect of country of permanent residency", Education + Training, Vol. 54 No. 6, pp. 472-487. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400911211254262

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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