Department Undergraduate School , School of Political Science and Economics Position Senior Assistant Professor
|Group dynamics: The key to our autonomous group projects.
|K. Bradford-Watts, C. Ikeguchi, & M. Swanson (Eds.) JALT2005 Conference Proceedings. Tokyo: JALT.
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|Yoko Morimoto and 14 former students in the EPC Group 2001 at Meiji University conducted a collaborative research
on factors affecting their motivation in relation to the group formation process of this unusually successful learning group.
They found that the absence of opportunities to get to know each other at the beginning of the course hindered the group
formation process, and this led to primary tension in the group for a full year, leading to 10 of the 24 students leaving the
course. However, given the opportunity to assist in the selection of new students the following year, they were able to express
themselves, confront one another, and get to know each other more profoundly. The group became cohesive, autonomous,
and efficient, resulting in numerous student-initiated English projects. Recommendations by the students and Morimoto for
fostering group dynamics in L2 classrooms are provided.