Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education


Design and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr. John Barnett

Second Advisor

Dr. Kathryn Hibbert


Although collaborative group-work has become an integral part of the learning process,

students often demonstrate and express their unwillingness to participate. This study utilized an action research design to explore the reasons for such responses by examining how a small group of grade 12 students experience collaborative learning. Participants established guidelines for the collaborative learning process, researched and constructed information on global issues, and negotiated possible solutions for such issues. They simultaneously volunteered their reflections through confidential interviews and a questionnaire on their experiences in collaborative learning throughout their schooling. While acknowledging the numerous benefits they had with collaborative learning, many voiced their dissatisfaction with the limited time allotment for in-class collaborative group-work, their concern about their grades, and their frustrations with the unequal task performances of group members. This action research provides the immediate feedback needed to improve the ways for implementing future collaborative activities for students.



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