'It's a bit of a generalisation, but...': participant perspectives on intercultural group assessment in higher education

Moore, Paul and Hampton, Greg (2014) 'It's a bit of a generalisation, but...': participant perspectives on intercultural group assessment in higher education. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 40 3: 390-406. doi:10.1080/02602938.2014.919437


Author Moore, Paul
Hampton, Greg
Title 'It's a bit of a generalisation, but...': participant perspectives on intercultural group assessment in higher education
Journal name Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-2938
1469-297X
Publication date 2014-05-23
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02602938.2014.919437
Open Access Status
Volume 40
Issue 3
Start page 390
End page 406
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This paper reports on domestic and international students' perceptions of the influence of group diversity on communication, learning, task performance and assessment grades. The study's methodology involved quantitative and qualitative analysis of surveys (N = 312), focus group interviews of students (n = 26) and individual staff interviews (N = 7). More domestic (79%) than international (29%) students stated that they preferred working with students from a similar background. While a proportion of the sample of domestic students stated that intercultural group work raised their awareness of interaction styles in other cultures, others noted that the group experience was negatively affected by issues related to language proficiency and awareness of academic requirements. Qualitative analysis reveals that 'othering', a process by which members of an in group (Us) distance themselves from an outgroup (Them), was often used as a basis for these students avoiding intercultural group assessment. Finally, there was a clear pattern overall of higher achieving international and domestic students perceiving that their grades for group assignments were below what they would normally receive for individual assignments, and lower achieving students perceiving that their grades were higher for group assignments.
Keyword Group assessment
Intercultural communication
Student experience
Cultural and linguistic diversity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 23 May 2014.

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