Working together, as a group, has important advantages over an individual approach. It provides an opportunity to lend each other the power of understanding, share burdens and uncertainties, learn from the skills of others, encourage and correct each other. If all goes well, there is also more room for a mastery approach and social recognition. How you can you foster a true collaborative attitude?

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Date: 02/01/2022

Group self-evaluation primes for autonomous motivation

We look at group work from a self-determination theory perspective and argue that internalized motivation, also known as autonomous motivation, is the best condition for productive collaboration. A perceived sense of autonomy plays an important role herein. In collaborative projects, this autonomy is determined by: 1) the characteristics of the project, such as choices given and the relevance of the task, and; 2) the openness and acceptance of the group. Group dysfunction, or the fear of it, impedes autonomy, even if the task context is fully autonomy supportive. Means of uncovering the functioning of group members, through group self-evaluation, could reduce dysfunction or lower the fear of it. Using a full scale intrinsic motivation inventory, we measured the impact of group self-evaluation on the quality of motivation over a 4-year period with a total of 355 participants in a collaborative learning project in high schools (K11). We show that, compared to the control population, students exhibit a much more internalized motivation profile, with effect sizes in the range of medium to large for the different parameters. We conclude that group self-evaluation primes students for autonomous motivation. We suggest that the procedure should be applied systematically in substantial collaborative projects. Read more.



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