Social Loafing in Group Work: Prevalence, Contributing Factors, and Consequences in Madda Walabu University

Zenebe Demissie Tekle


The general objective of this research was to see the prevalence, contributing factors and consequences of social loafing in MWU. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were employed to achieve the research objectives. The participants were: 277 2nd and 3rd year students. The participants were selected using stratified random sampling technique. To collect data regarding variables under the study, self-report (rating) questionnaire adapted from Jassawalla, Malshe, and Shashittal (2008) and interview were used. The results of percentage and frequency reveled that social loafing is prevalent in group works. Stepwise multiple regression indicated that some variables such as, evaluation methods, lack of skills, group size, and laziness have significant contribution to social loafing. The frequency and percentage result indicated that there are negative consequences of social loafing. Based on the findings, the researchers recommended that stakeholders have great responsibility for effectiveness of student group work.

Keywords:  Group Size, Group Work, Lack of Skills, Laziness, Social Loafing

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/10-19-02

Publication date:October 31st 2020

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