ERIC Number: EJ1040705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Case Studies' Effect on Undergraduates' Achievement, Attitudes, and Team Shared Mental Models in Educational Psychology
Razzouk, Rim; Johnson, Tristan E.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v61 n5 p751-766 Oct 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of case studies on learning outcomes, attitudes toward instructions, and team shared mental models (SMM) in a team-based learning environment in an undergraduate educational psychology course. Approximately 105 students who participated in this study were randomly assigned to either a case-study method or a knowledge-representation method. Students in the case-study treatment group received a case study after instruction, while students in the knowledge-representation treatment group engaged in an activity that did not involve problem solving. It was hypothesized that students in the case-study group would have higher learning outcomes scores, higher attitudes scores, and greater team SMM than students in the knowledge-representation group. Overall, the case-study method was effective as indicated by generally higher learning outcomes and more positive attitudes for the case-study treatment group as compared to the knowledge-representation group. It might be important to consider the order in which each of the instructional methods is given.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Undergraduate Students, Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes, Cooperative Learning, Educational Psychology, Control Groups, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Hypothesis Testing, Scores, Instructional Effectiveness, Positive Attitudes
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