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Working while studying: Impact on marketing students' experience of group work

Ward, S. and Volet, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-8450-6663 (2008) Working while studying: Impact on marketing students' experience of group work. In: ANZMAC 2008: Marketing: Shifting the Focus from Mainstream to Offbeat, 1 - 3 December 2008, Olympic Park, Sydney

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Around 70% of Australian students have reported working more than 12 hours a week. Recent large scale research in the UK suggests that there is a negative relationship between hours worked and academic achievement. There is, however, no research to the authors’ knowledge as to how the number of working hours affect student learning in groups, and whether students in groups with varying work patterns report different learning outcomes compared to groups with similar work patterns. This study reports that, overall, greater working hours decreases students’ perceptions of the value as well as their experience of group work, and that this occurs more with 2nd and 3rd year than 1st year students. It also reveals that, students studying in groups with a large proportion of members working more than 2 days a week displayed significantly more negative appraisals of their experience at the end of a project than their peers in groups where few students were working.

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