BU288 Lecture Notes - Reward System

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Published on 22 Apr 2013
School
WLU
Department
Business
Course
BU288
Professor
Sarah Neeb
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BU288, B1
The folly of rewarding A, while hoping for B
After reading the examples in the article I thought the folly that I found everyday would
be the dynamics and reward system of group work. Teachers put students into groups for them
to get to know their peers better, complete work more efficiently and learn real life teamwork
skills. The problem with group work is teachers don’t know what happens throughout the
assignment process they just grade finished result which allows for students to work out the
best way to achieve a high grade without thinking about the real point of the group exercise.
This may involve having “smarter” students do more work and proofread everyone else’s
portions, assigning out portions of the assignment to different students and completing them
separately with minimal interaction, and having group meetings without members present due
to scheduling conflicts or disagreements. This folly has arisen because students are often over
scheduled and have little time to plan around multiple peoples schedules as well because some
students have personality types where they obsess over completing perfect assignments at all
costs. Over time students have just silently agreed to let someone take over the group and
complete the bulk of the work as it is usually the quickest way to a good grade. One way to help
rectify this problem would be for teachers to allow some class time to work on the project that
way every group member would be present and be able to contribute. Another way would be
for more teachers to use peer evaluations after group work to check that all group members
felt like they were an equal member and were happy with the finished product. Just like many
examples in the article this will not be able to be fixed easily as it is the way projects are done
commonly places.
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The folly of rewarding a, while hoping for b. After reading the examples in the article i thought the folly that i found everyday would be the dynamics and reward system of group work. Teachers put students into groups for them to get to know their peers better, complete work more efficiently and learn real life teamwork skills. This folly has arisen because students are often over scheduled and have little time to plan around multiple peoples schedules as well because some students have personality types where they obsess over completing perfect assignments at all costs. Over time students have just silently agreed to let someone take over the group and complete the bulk of the work as it is usually the quickest way to a good grade.

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