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Daila Boufford 
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 
703 706-4600 


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Why Group Work Does Not Work


Knowing how to work well in groups is an essential life and career skill. 

Educators have been integrating group work into their curriculum for decades, trying their best to teach students how to work effectively as part of a team.  But it is not working.

Students complain about group projects.  Very few teachers are well -trained in it.  And employers say that new hires—whether high school or college grads—just don’t know how to work in groups or teams. 

The bottom line is that college and university professors as well as middle- and high-school teachers are not experiencing as much success as they could with group work.  Dr. Anstrom decided to investigate why group work is so unpopular and why it is not working.  In the course of her research, she identified the key reasons, stumbled upon a little known model for group work, and began using it with amazing results.

Find out about the surprising results of her in-depth study and how you can inject new life into your group work at this educational webinar (1.5 PDUs):


Why Group Work Does Not Work

Presented by Catherine Anstrom, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

Archived Recording - 90-minute program

$35 AAFCS members ($50 nonmembers)

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Through a case study, literature review, and a qualitative study on university faculty members’ perceptions of group work, Dr. Anstrom learned that very few educators are trained in group work.  And because teaching has become so over-burdened in the past decade, teachers are reluctant to invest time in learning new strategies for things like group work.

While investigating group work, Dr. Anstrom discovered a model that has been around since the 1940s and 1950s and she began experimenting with it.  The participant feedback began to improve immediately. Students internalized the group process skills, the grading and accountability problems were reduced, and students became more responsible and invested in each other’s successes. 


She shared her new model with other educators and they too began to experience success.  Now she wants to bring this proven model to family and consumers sciences educators.


This webinar will provide you with a step-by-step approach to implementing this “new” model, which goes well beyond the Tuckman stages of group development.

In this 90-minute program including Q&A, you will explore:

  • Insights as to why groups are not working effectively in the classroom
  • Data on why negative attitudes about group work persist
  • The Five Essential Elements of Group Work model and how you can implement it
  • How the model addresses the shortcomings of the popular approaches in use today
  • Success stories and improved outcomes in using the model
  • Fun sample assignments that you can adapt to your classroom or course, for all ages

The webinar will also address how to use the model successfully with students enrolled in online courses.

After this webinar, you will have everything you need to experiment with this new approach. You will feel more competent and confident in your handling of groups and your students will not only leave with an essential skill, but they also will enjoy the experience.

Who should register?   All educators, particularly those in FCS, who work with middle-school, high-school, or college students.  The material will be beneficial for anyone who wants to improve outcomes for group work.


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About the Presenter:




 Catherine Anstrom, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., is on the faculty of Olivet Nazarene University.  A Certified Food Safety Instructor and a Certified Teacher for the State of Illinois, she has more than 30 years experience in education on the secondary and post- secondary level, and over 20 years experience in the area of nutrition. She has an MBA, an MS in Nutrition, and a PhD in Education. Dr. Anstrom has presented multiple times on this topic, including at the Dietetic Educators of Practitioners regional meeting and the American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, both in 2011.


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$35 for AAFCS members ($50 non-members)  

If you work at a higher ed institution and would be interested in using this webinar as content in your classroom, please contact Daila Boufford for information on special site license rates!

  In addition to receiving 1.5 PDUs towards your AAFCS Certification, this webinar has also been approved for 1 CEU for the Certified Family Life Educator program through the National Council on Family Relations.


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