Learning and anxiety: exploring individual judgement processes in a learning environment with a group support system

Sam Groves, Tony Gear, Cath Jones, Michael Connolly, Martin Read

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Abstract

This chapter explores the process of making individual judgements within a group meeting environment that employs a “low-impact” form of group support, based on handset technology. A series of field-based case studies are reported in summary, and one in postgraduate education in more detail. These serve to demonstrate the potential for suitably designed group support systems (GSSs) to aid groups to overcome certain fundamental difficulties with which they have to contend. The protocol used is described, and a conceptual framework is proposed with which to explain practice. The framework centres on the encouragement of conversation that is focussed on the reasons for differences, coupled with the reduction of personal anxiety, achieved with flexibility offered through the GSS meeting environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAudience response systems in higher education
Subtitle of host publicationapplications and cases
EditorsDavid A. Banks
Place of PublicationCovent Garden, England
PublisherInformation Science Publishing
Pages248-264
ISBN (Print)9781591409472
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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