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ERIC Number: EJ1146606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
The Effect of Problem Based Learning on Undergraduate Oral Communication Competency
Mandeville, David S.; Ho, Tiffanie K.; Valdez, Lindy A.
Journal of College Teaching & Learning, v14 n1 p1-10 Jun 2017
Purpose: The aim of this study was to ascertain the effect of Problem Based Learning (PBL) on student oral communication competency gains. Methods: Eighty students from two consecutive undergraduate Kinesiology courses (Spring semesters, 2014-15) formed into 29 small groups and were studied. Oral communication competency was assessed using a customized rubric and digital recordings of student presentations. Changes to oral communication competency across time were tested using a dependent t-test; a < 0.05. Results: Significant inter-rater agreement was found at both time points for oral communication rating, and student groups demonstrated significant oral communication gains across time. Conclusions: Collaborative learning was shown to improve students' oral communication competency. Future study is required to determine the influence of student motivation and goal orientation on oral communication competency, in relation to the various phases of knowledge creation occurring within student groups.
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Undergraduate Study, Teaching Methods, Kinetics, Human Body, Speech Communication, Competence, Cooperative Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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