The Self-evaluations of Own Group Research Processes and Final Products: Comparison between University Students in Japanese-only Groups and Multi-cultural Groups

By Megumi Morisue.

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This study aims to discuss the differences and similarities in the self-evaluations of own group research processes and final products between university students in Japanese-only groups and multi-cultural groups. As compared with individual research projects, group research projects usually require members to have good interpersonal communication skills, high levels of cooperativeness, and the ability to balance individual tasks with team activities. Members lacking these abilities often experience internal discord, because levels of time commitment, motivation, and research ability differ between members, resulting in unsuccessful research products and decreased motivation for future group projects. Naturally, group research projects are tougher for university students working in multi-cultural groups. However, it is not clear what exactly differs between these groups and mono-cultural groups. This study focuses on both mono- and multi-cultural groups engaging in group research projects at a Japanese university and compares the factors related to the students self-evaluations of own group research processes and final products.

Keywords: Group Research Project, Japanese University, Multi-cultural Group, Mono-cultural Group, Self-Evaluation

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp.51-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 829.886KB).

Megumi Morisue

Associate Professor, Center for International Education, Waseda University, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Associte Professor, Center for International Education at Waseda University Fields: Intercultural Communication, Public Speech Training, Experiential Learning, Social Sciences in Education.

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