Student Group Presentations of Work-Family Issues
Presentation time: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions
Groups of four to six students will be responsible for leading a 30-minute class discussion on one of the work-family themes outlined below. This involves choosing a topic, preparing an annotated bibliography of additional articles on the topic, providing a one-page summary of the research on the topic, preparing discussion questions, and leading or facilitating the discussion.
Topics for Group Presentations:
- Issues and options regarding paid maternity and parental leave
- Social support for eldercare
- Childcare – issues and options
- The overworked family
- Public policy and work-family initiatives
- Work-family issues and the trade union movement
- How work-family issues are portrayed in the media
Please note that marks for the presentation will be allocated equally to all members of your group. Presentations will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Relevance: To what extent was the presentation relevant to the assignment topic?
- Clarity: To what extent did this presentation assist your understanding of the content of the material/arguments/analysis presented?
- Intellectual Extension: To what extent did this presentation encourage you to think in new ways about the situation/theme presented? To what extent did the presentation build on readings and seminars in this and/or other subjects, and enlarge your appreciation of the material presented?
- Group Synergy: To what extent did the presentation combine and go beyond the individual efforts of group members i.e., to what extent did it come together as a group rather than as an individual effort?
- Memorability: To what extent will the presentation help you to remember the material presented?
- Facilitation of Group Discussion: To what extent did the structure of the presentation facilitate and encourage group discussion and sharing of ideas?
- Quality of Annotated Bibliography: Quality of the selection of references to the presentation theme and value of the summary of the main insights and points made for these references
- Summary handout: Similar to an executive summary and should include the main findings and conclusions in relation to the theme
Adapted by Jane Case from Bardoel, A. (2003). “Work, Family and Life” Syllabus.