Discuss Group Project
Professor: Hey, Jane, you look like you are in a hurry.
Student: Yeah, things are a little crazy.
Professor: Oh yeah? What’s going on?
Student: Oh, it’s nothing. Well, since it’s your class, I guess it’s OK. It’s, it’s just that I am having trouble with my group project.
Professor: Ah, yes, due next week. What’s your group doing again?
Student: It’s about, ur, United States Supreme Court Decisions. We are looking at the impact of recent cases on property rights, municipal land use cases, owning disputes.
Professor: Right, OK. And it’s not going well?
Student: Not really. I’m worried about the other two people in my group. They are just sitting back, not really doing their fair share of the work and waiting for an A. It’s kind of stressing me out, because we are getting close to the deadline and I feel like I’m doing everything for this project.
Professor: Ah, the good old free rider problem.
Student: Free rider?
Professor: Ah, it’s just a term that describes this situation, when people in the group seek to get the benefits of being in a group without contributing to the work. Anyway, what exactly do you mean when you say they just sit back? I mean, they’ve been filing following the weekly progress reports with me.
Student: Yes, but I feel like I’m doing 90% of the work. I hate to sound so negative here, but honestly, they are taking credit for things they shouldn’t be taking credit for. Like last week in the library, we decided to split up the research into 3 parts and then each of us was supposed to find sources in the library for our parts. I went off to the stack and found some really good material for my part, but when I got back to our table, they were just goofing off and talking. So I went and got materials for their sections as well.
Professor: Um…you know you shouldn’t do that.
Student: I know, but I didn’t want to risk the project going down the drain.
Professor: I know Teresa and Kevin. I had both of them in other courses. So, I’m familiar with the work and work habits.
Student: I know, me too. And that’s why this has really surprised me.
Professor: Do you…does your group like your topic?
Student: Well, I think we’d all rather focus on cases that deal with personal liberties, questions about freedom of speech, things like that. But I chose property rights.
Professor: You chose the topic?
Student: Yeah, I thought it would be good for us, all of us to try something new.
Professor: Um…maybe that’s part of the problem. Maybe Teresa and Kevin aren’t that excited about the topic? And since you picked it, have you thought…talk to them at all about picking a different topic?
Student: But we’ve got all the sources and it’s due next week. We don’t have time to start from scratch.
Professor: OK, I will let you go ‘cause I know you are so busy. But you might consider talking to your group about your topic choice.
Student: I will think about it. Got to run, see you in class.
What is the conversation mainly about?
a) Methods for finding appropriate sources for a project
b) Reasons the woman is having difficulties with a project
c) Criteria the professor uses to evaluate group projects
d) Ways to develop the skills needed to work in groups
Why does the professor mention the ‘free-rider’ problem?
a) To review a concept he explained in class.
b) To give the student a plan to solve her problem.
c) To clarify the problem the student is facing.
d) To explain a benefit of working in groups.
What is the professor’s opinion of the other students in the woman’s group?
a) They try to take credit for work they did not do.
b) They did not perform well in previous courses with him.
c) They are more motivated when they are working in a group.
d) They do good work when they are interested in the subject
Why did the woman choose property rights as a topic?
a) The professor recommended the topic.
b) She already had a lot of reference materials on the subject.
c) She wanted to learn something new.
d) It was easy to research at the school library.
What mistakes does the professor imply the woman has made while working on a project?
a) Finding sources for her group partners
b) Writing the weekly progress reports for her group
c) Forgetting to pay attention to the project’s deadlines
d) Failing to involve the group members in the selection of a topic
解析：Pro问这位童鞋怎么了，他说是他的group project 这也就是他表明来意。因此选B。
解析：Pro提及 free rider这个issues就是为了定义现在学生所面临的这一问题因此是C，它与group working 无关因此D错误。也不是一个可以slove problems的plan因此B错误。