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How Learning Works by Richard E. Mayer, Marie K. Norman, Marsha C. Lovett, Michele DiPietro, Michael W. Bridges, Susan A. Ambrose

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CHAPTER 4

How Do Students Develop Mastery?

A Sum of Their Parts

I worked in industry for over twenty years before coming to academia, and I know how critical teamwork is, so in my Industrial Management course I assign a number of group projects in addition to individual projects. Students generally do well on their individual projects, and since the group assignments and individual assignments require more or less the same content knowledge, you would think that students would do even better on the group projects: after all, there are more people to share the work and generate ideas. Instead, it is just the reverse. Not only do my student groups fail to meet deadlines, but their analyses are also superficial and their projects lack internal ...

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