Question :Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? When teachers assign projects on which students must work together, the students learn much more effectively than when they are asked to work alone on projects. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Nowadays, teachers use different, innovative ways of assessing students' knowledge throughout the semesters among which midterm exams, final exams, weekly assignments,and final project are the most applicable ways. Some teachers believe that the final project should be done individually just like other assignments during the course would be done, While others think that final projects must be done in groups. I incline to the latter one for several reasons. First, students can learn the fundamental structure of the course through exams individually. So, in this way, they learned the stuff needed for their project. However, by doing projects together, for instance in groups consisting of three students, they learn how to communicate better with their classmates,and through these communications,they can improve their soft skills. They may have some disagreements with each other about implementing the project, but by compromising and thinking about getting the best result possible, they overcome these difficulties. Improving such kinds of skills will help students in their future workplace where most of the work must be done with the help of all coworkers. For instance, I learned a lot of communication skills when I had done projects at the university which later helped me to find my job. In fact, in the workplace, I faced exactly the same problems I used to face during those projects and since I had learned how to react in those tricky situations, I handled them better in my workplace. Moreover, students learn formal subjects of course during classes and they might have different perspectives about using them in practice. So, by working together, students are able to share their distinctive points of view which can help project to be done in more efficient conduct. For example, when my friend and I wanted to do our term project related to some corporate finance issues, with brainstorming we find some exclusive ways to solve the problem related to our project. Admittedly, there are some problems with working together such as conflict or freeriding situation. But teachers can oversee the role of each participant in groups to prevent these kinds of difficulties. Besides, students can learn how to behave with those coworkers who do not participate very well. To sum it up, some teachers prefer students to do their project all alone, while others think that by working on the projects in teams, people learn how to solve problems together. As a student, I prefer the latter one since in this way I can be more prepared for my future career and I can get the best outcome possible by brainstorming.
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