I’m really interested in group dynamics (see mini project undertaken as part of PGCLTHE), so an interesting case study here:
“Academically ambitious students contribute to moving the average up – unenthusiastic students and shirkers do just the opposite,” he added.
Indeed, some hard-working students may even defect to “the dark side” of the slackers if they saw their classmates getting away with minimal effort, he continued. To combat this problem, students were offered the chance to gain a higher mark for their group assignment if they managed to raise the grade scored by the weakest student in individual tests on the same subject.
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