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Bernard Nijstad: Group Work Not Very Productive

January 14, 2013

Collaboration and group work are all the rage in education right now. But research indicates people do their best work individually. One of the latest such studies comes from the Netherlands, and was recently published in the European Journal of Social Psychology. Bernard Nijstad, a professor at the University of Groningen and one of the study’s coauthors, joins the podcast to discuss why teachers should be very careful about how they assign group projects and why parents should not accept an emphasis on “collaboration,” “group projects,” and “group work” in their kids’ schools.