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Employability or learning? Groupwork in higher education

Alistair Mutch (Senior Lecturer in Information Management, Department of Finance and Business Information Systems, The NottinghamTrent University, Nottingham, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 March 1998



An evaluation of the use of learning sets, supported by an electronic mailing list, on a level 2 research module on a Business Information Systems undergraduate degree, raises issues about the place of group work in higher education. Two models are discussed: a team‐based one, aimed largely at preparing students for employment and a group‐based one, aimed primarily at supporting the learning process. Confusion between the two is seen to parallel a blurring in workplace practice and to result in a lack of clarity on the part of both students and staff. The wider use of groups for learning is commended, but clarity on the role and purpose of group work is urged.



Mutch, A. (1998), "Employability or learning? Groupwork in higher education", Education + Training, Vol. 40 No. 2, pp. 50-56.




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