Group Work as an Incentive for Learning

Group Work as an Incentive for Learning

Reflection Report

Part One

According to the research concerning Southeast Asia and, more specifically, the part in red, the UK based companies are prevailing due to population. Outstandingly, this concept is genuine because for any company to operate and be successful in the business environment, it must attract numerous customers (Huang, Rong, and Sarigöllü 120,2014). As companies strive to operate and increase in terms of their production size, they aim to acquire the attention of multiple people and thus increase their customer base. In Southeast Asia, the population is consistently growing, which favors UK businesses since they have more clients to serve. Additionally, the increasing population is in constant demand for the items manufactured by these organizations. This is promising for the UK industries, and the best they can do is seize the opportunity and thus position themselves in this foreign market Group Work as an Incentive for Learning.

As noted, the development of not only the technology but also science has played a significant role in the economic growth for the ASEAN regions. Accordingly, countries that have embraced modern technology are benefiting from the increase in productivity, which consequently results in the growth of the economy, as stated by Khan (95,2014). Notably, it is the countries with the highest level of technology that get to benefit the most. In this region of Asia, the countries that get to benefit the most and thus conduct more business with the UK industries are those that have the highest technological advancements. The research conducted indicates that the ASEAN region is having a positive Intel of bringing more innovation. Consequently, this fact can be attributed to technological development taking place in the area. The presence of science and technology development creates a pathway for innovation (Huang et al. 125,2014). Such advancement sees R&D departments established as a way of progress.

IBLF global can conduct its operations in Southeast Asia. Subsequently, this is because the region is moving towards the technological side where they are investing more in R&D. The inclusivity of technology in the economy creates an opportunity for growth, which explains the economic growth incurred in the region. These regions are flexible toward bringing international companies. In such an area, it is obvious for foreign businesses to infiltrate the market since they are readily welcomed. Furthermore, if IBLF Global takes this opportunity, it will position itself in the market and thus acquire better profits.

Secondary data support the research, results, and findings of the investigation. Notably, secondary data is the data acquired from sources such as case studies, journals, and magazines, among others, which means it is the use of information obtained by another individual (Kottner et al. 1373,2014). This type of data is usually easy to get, which is one of its benefits. As seen from the research, the information is not only valid but also factual. Through its use, justification concerning why IBLF Global should consider venturing into the Southeast Asian market has been provided and appropriately referenced. Moreover, the use of secondary data is economical, which means it is cost-effective. For example, part of the information in this research was acquired from the internet. The internet provides a variety of information, including scholarly articles published by renowned scholars. Also, the use of secondary data is time-saving, as noted by Johnston (622,2017). Given the timeframe to conduct this research and provide a critical analysis, the best method to use was secondary research. The use of primary research is time-consuming and also requires a lot of resources, which is not the case with the help of secondary data.

When using secondary data, there are some drawbacks. One of the main drawbacks of this method is biasness. The information obtained is acquired from other sources, which means that the authors of the articles could have derived conclusions that favor their research or their thinking. Furthermore, secondary data cannot be tested for accuracy (Kottner et al. 1375,2014). When using primary data, it is possible to test for the accuracy of the results because experiments are conducted. Notably, primary research provided not only original but also first-hand information, which is free from bias. Also, a lot of time was wasted when trying to allocate the right sources that provide the best information that aligns with the research question. Although the time spent when searching for the appropriate documents is not as much as that used when dealing with primary research, a significant amount of time is lost.

The information provided in the research article presents valid information. Additionally, the data is factual since it is backed up by relevant information acquired from secondary sources. Considerably, the use of secondary sources was reasonable due to the time as well as the geographical differences between the market of study and the research location. Furthermore, the lack of resources also supported the use of secondary data Group Work as an Incentive for Learning.

Part Two

The school encourages group works a lot because they are productive. Additionally, through group work, students get to understand each other and to share what they learned since they have a limited time with the lecturer in class. For this reason, as a group, we get to meet every week, on Wednesdays, where we reflect on what we have been doing and what we have attained. We look at the process of the assignment, and each discusses the research every individual has. Notably, through these meetings, we get to divide different parts of the assignment so that everyone can participate. In class, the tutor gives us advice concerning how we should deal with assignments. During the group meetings, the teacher comes around as we discuss the progress we have made as a group and gives us suggestions concerning the best methods and references of the assignments we handle. These meetings have turned out to be productive so far. Like any other group or teamwork, there are merits as well as demerits.

One benefit of our group work meetings is the sharing of ideas. According to Kramer, Amit, Bhave, and Johnson (135,2017) when two or more people come together, they get to share their opinions, which results in the generation of better ideas. The group is comprised of five students. Each of the students has his or her strengths and weaknesses. Considerably, one student’s weakness is the other student’s strength. Once these two come together, they form a strong alliance, which is what our group is comprised of. In our assignments, we get to discuss every part whereby each student contributes. After listening to all ideas and documenting them down, we get to review each of the provided answers as we analyze them critically to come up with the best idea. So far, this has turned out great for us as a group, which can be seen from our performances. For any wrong answer that is provided, we give a reason behind eliminating it and why it is not correct so that the group member who provided it cannot repeat the same mistake elsewhere, particularly in an individual assignment or examination.

Working together as a team and meeting frequently has resulted in accountability for weak areas. Usually, when acting as an individual, it is difficult to identify the areas of weakness. Nonetheless, this is eliminated when people come together (Harackiewicz, Judith, Smith, and Priniski 224,2016). Through the weekly meetings, I had managed to identify my areas of weakness, an aspect that was difficult when I worked individually since I had nobody to challenge. When working as a group, every member gets to be corrected where he or she thinks he or she is right and is provided with the relevant justifications. While the areas of weaknesses are identified, the areas of strength are also known. Outstandingly, this aspect has aided in creating a firm group work because when assigning work amidst ourselves, every member is assigned his or her area of expertise. However, this is not at the expense of the area of weakness because, as members, we help each other until the area of vulnerability becomes a strength.

Teamwork has helped strengthen and enhance our relationship. Instead of being solely invested in the projects that we work on together, group work has helped us invest in ourselves. Accordingly, working together as a team has used us not only support and encourage one another but also adapt to different working styles. Through these group meetings, I have managed to know my colleagues better. Consequently, this has made working together more fun, which has so far yielded positive fruits. Due to the weekly meetings, we have been able to help one another even beyond the assignments we handle in this course. Additionally, when studying, we help each other, especially in the areas of weakness, all thanks to this group Group Work as an Incentive for Learning.

Being part of a group helps in the development of skills. Different interpersonal skills are developed when students come together to work as a team. For example, through meeting weekly, I have acquired team working skills. Working as a team is not always easy, especially when an individual’s points are turned down. At the same time, people have different reactions to the rejection of their answers. Therefore, conflicts are part of group work. Nonetheless, through working together, I have acquired the relevant skills to deal with different members and to understand them to avoid the development of conflicts. Moreover, through teamwork, people achieve not only listening but also speaking skills, as noted by Hammar (558,2014). Each member is allowed to speak. During such sessions, I have managed to talk eloquently as I explain my various viewpoints concerning the assignment at hand. Prior to this group work, I was shy and could not speak boldly, but now I can. Additionally, I have also learned how to listen. Each of the four members has to talk in every session, and thus, the rule is to sit down, relax, and let the others talk. Such skills are vital not only in the classroom or school group works but also in the real world where people get to interact with one another. Therefore, this group work has equipped every member with the relevant interpersonal skills to face the world easily.

Although group work is a success and has had various benefits, there are also several drawbacks involved. One of the primary issues associated with group works is time management (Barker, Dean, Quennerstedt, and Annerstedt, 610,2015). As a group, we meet weekly to reflect on what we have been doing so far so as to identify the progress we have made. Due to our different schedules, we set a favorable time to meet. Nonetheless, despite having time appropriate for everyone, some of the members still arrive late. Although it is better to be late than never attending, a significant amount of time is wasted as we wait for the late members to arrive so that we proceed together. Furthermore, coming up with a schedule that is fit for everyone takes time since everyone has his or her commitments. Settling for the appropriate time for everyone takes some minutes, which means we have to wind up the discussion earlier to discuss the next meeting.

Another problem with the group meetings is that some of the individuals feel undervalued. Notably, they continue feeling undervalued because their suggestions are left out when compiling the final report. Those who think undervalued consistently complain, which consumes most of the time. In such instances, conflicts arise, which halt the group activities for a while as the conflict is solved. At some point, the member who feels undervalued in a meeting fails to participate in the next session fully or still in the same session, which negatively affects the group’s activities for the day.

Group work is coupled with the competition, which at some point turns out to be unhealthy. Members at times want to have their points noted, which results in vigorous competition. Barker et al. (618,215) remark that robust competition often results in a decline in the quality of work produced, which has happened a few times. However, this issue has been addressed, and the type of competition prevailing is not only healthy but also motivating.

In summary, group work has both had its merits and demerits. Working together as a group has so far yielded better fruits for each member. Some of the notable benefits of these weekly group meetings have been sharing ideas, accountability of weak areas, strengthening and enhancing the relationship between the members, and development of skills and, more particularly the interpersonal skills. Conversely, there have been some drawbacks such as time management, members feeling undervalued, as well as unhealthy competition.

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