ERIC Number: EJ1134973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Students' Attitudes and Perceptions about the Use of Cooperative Exams in an Introductory Leadership Class
Moore, Lori L.
Journal of Leadership Education, v9 n2 p72-85 Sum 2010
This study sought to examine student perceptions related to the use of cooperative exams in an introductory leadership class. In this study, cooperative exams were used as a collaborative learning activity in which students took class exams individually first and then as a peer group. The majority of students (n = 41, 61.4%) had not previously taken a class that incorporated cooperative exams. Four advantages of cooperative exams were identified: the opportunity for discussion to increase understanding, the opportunity to increase the overall grade on the exam, the opportunity for collaboration and teamwork, and increased individual accountability. Two disadvantages of cooperative exams were identified: the reliance of some students on the efforts of others and the conflict that can arise from peer pressure in the peer group portion of the exam. Overall, students enjoyed the cooperative exams and think they should continue to be used in the class.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Introductory Courses, Leadership Training, Group Testing, Administrator Education, Cooperative Learning, Equal Education, Demography, Likert Scales, Undergraduate Students, Program Effectiveness
Association of Leadership Educators. e-mail: Jole@aged.tamu.edu; Web site: http://leadershipeducators.org/page-1014283
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
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