Promoting teamwork in undergraduate research projects

Masha Smallhorn, Narelle Hunter

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Group research experiences encourage problem-solving and critical-thinking. They foster independence by providing an experience where problem-solving is completed in a group, making a smoother transition to independent research.

In a first year Biology topic, students in small groups investigate a cutting-edge field of molecular research, propose a hypothesis and design an experiment. Research is presented via a poster and an oral presentation. The majority of the project is carried out independently in small groups with minimal teaching support. Self and peer-assessment is used to encourage reflection and evaluation of the process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
EditorsPauline Ross
Place of PublicationSydney
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9871834-8-4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
EventAustralian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 Oct 20194 Oct 2019


ConferenceAustralian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Abbreviated titleFormerly UniServe Conference
OtherThe Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education ( is for tertiary science and mathematics educators to share ideas and keep up to date.

This conference encompasses biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, health sciences, information technology, learning and cognitive sciences, mathematics and statistics, molecular and microbial sciences, physics and psychology as well as the various fields of the applied sciences. A Discipline Day is also attached to the conference.


  • research activities
  • group research
  • First Year Higher Education
  • Biology
  • problem solving
  • critical thinking
  • teamwork


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