Unfortunately for me this is definitely not an unusual occurrence in my program. For those of you who do not know, I'm going to school to become a social worker. Unfortunately to be a social worker, you have to work with people. Huh, who'd a thunk it? As a result, a lot of our projects involve group work in order to get us accustomed to working with others.
The downside with groupwork is that everyone relies on eachother. It's difficult to put all your trust into another group of people, especially when your grade depends on them. I just had an unfortunate experience with groupwork myself. Our group was assigned a project to find a research study done on violence and education. We were to make a poster about it. Our meeting to begin our project was this morning, but unfortunately I couldn't make it. I texted my groupmates to tell them to leave me some work so I could do my share.
A few hours later I got a text telling me that all the work was done! I'm feeling kinda dooped out now. I really didn't want to be "that" student that doesn't contribute anything to the project. But what can you do, right? I was told I could look over the poster and add my two cents to it, but it seems pretty finished as it is.
I guess all I can do is try to get my creative juices flowing and add something to the poster that contributes.
So tell me bloggers, how do you feel about groupwork? Does it make a difference if its with your friends, or do you think that makes it even worse?