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ERIC Number: EJ1124707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
An Approachment to Cooperative Learning in Higher Education: Comparative Study of Teaching Methods in Engineering
Estébanez, Raquel Pérez
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v13 n5 p1331-1340 May 2017
In the way of continuous improvement in teaching methods this paper explores the effects of Cooperative Learning (CL) against Traditional Learning (TL) in academic performance of students in higher education in two groups of the first course of Computer Science Degree at the university. The empirical study was conducted through an analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) in order to assess whether teaching methods have a significant effect on academic performance. The results show that teaching methods did not have a significant effect on the academic performance of the students. However, informal interviews with students revealed that they preferred CL. The study also explores whether there was a relationship between the average scores for conceptual and problem-type questions between both groups through a t-test analysis and for both courses there was no significant difference in the exam results between the two groups. Students who were exposed to TL methods outperformed the students who were taught via CL in mid-term exam. However, the result is opposite in the final exam where students from CL obtained better scores. Finally, with CL techniques students got better global results because they acquired a deeper understanding of the material.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain (Madrid)
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