The problem of free-riding in group projects: Looking beyond social loafing as reason for non-contribution

Bonaccio, S The effect of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation on social loafing

David Hall; Simone Buzwell

2012

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  • Bonaccio, S The effect of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation on social loafing
  • The increase in popularity of group work in higher education has been accompanied by an increase in the frequency of reports of students not contributing to work within the groups
  • Of most frustration to students is receiving the same mark as their fellow non-contributing group members despite producing much of the group’s work
  • Identifying free-riding behaviour early on in a project can help reduce the impact it has on other group members
  • Free-text responses from the students were thematically analysed, and results showed that free-riding was the greatest concern across all disciplines

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