The Dumbbells: Divulging the Untold Story of “Free-Riding” Students

Fathma Zyann E. Casan, Shanne Justine R. Docusin, Nikko Andrex L. Tabares, Amera C. Malaco, Jonalyn Perfecio, Jenevieve Lumbu-an


Some students have been free-riding during group activities, which has been a major issue. While several studies have focused on the perceptions of those who carry the free riders, there has been a lack of research on the perceptions of free-riding students toward group activities. Through the use of qualitative research methods, this study explored the reasons behind the free-riding behaviors of students from two schools in Tacurong City, as well as how different aspects of their educational and personal histories affected how well they performed in group activities. Six students were the subjects of observational studies and interviews. The findings of this investigation demonstrated that the motivation of the students for engaging in free-riding practices was related to their socialization skills, technical skills, self-esteem, shyness, financial situation, family situation, and academic abilities. Furthermore, free-riding students are aware of their inappropriate behavior and poor performance during cooperative learning. While most are guilty of their actions, some enjoy free-riding because it provides them with benefits and accomplishments that are beyond their capabilities. The study's findings can assist instructors in better understanding students' perceptions of group activities and improve their teaching methods.


Academics; Cooperative Learning; Education; Free-riding students; Free-riding; Group activities; High school; Philippines; SKSU

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