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Introverts and Extraverts Collaborating: The Influence on Participation, Transactivity and Group Work Perceptions during an Online Discussion

Lambregts, M.G. (2020) Introverts and Extraverts Collaborating: The Influence on Participation, Transactivity and Group Work Perceptions during an Online Discussion.

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Abstract:In order for collaborative learning to be effective, it is important every student is involved equally and experience the group work positively. However, when introverted and extraverted students work together, differences in their participation level and perceptions towards group work might occur. This explorative research investigated the effects of introverted and extraverted university students (n = 32) working together in introvert-extravert dyads on their participation level, transactivity and perceptions on group work during a scripted online discussion, using video conferencing technology. Results showed that the extraverts significantly participated more in the discussions based on their word count. No significant differences between introverts and extraverts on their transactive behaviour or perceptions on group work were found. Additional analysis on transactive behaviour between the different dyads did show a significant correlation: the greater the difference within the dyads on their score for extraversion, the lower the proportional amount of total transactive talk. This finding can be a good starting point for future research on transactivity and personality, next to focussing on the effects of scripting when introverts and extraverts work together, to get more insight in how to optimally support this collaboration. Finally, the effect of other personality aspects on participation, transactivity and group work perceptions could be further investigated.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85145
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