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Maryellen Weimer summarizes a journal article by Ann Taylor, an associate professor of chemistry at Wabash College, in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.   Dr. Taylor asked students for their top 10 reasons why they don’t want to work in groups and they offered this list (Dr. Weimer edited slightly).  How would you respond?

Taylor, A. (2011). Top 10 reasons students dislike working in groups … and why I do it anyway. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 39 (2), 219-220

  1. It’s hard to focus during small group exercises.
  2. We are always rushed.
  3. Group exercises mean we do the work and the teacher doesn’t.
  4. We’re trying to work on material we didn’t understand in the reading.
  5. If we want to work in groups, we can form them on our own; in class we would rather hear someone who understands the material explain it.
  6. We’re all confused; getting in a group merely compounds the confusion.
  7. I don’t like the people in my group.
  8. Group members don’t show up or don’t contribute.
  9. We’d get through more material if you lectured.
  10. I can’t sleep during small group exercises.
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