ERIC Number: EJ726365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-22
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Evaluating Collaborative Learning and Community
Summers, Jessica J.; Beretvas, S. Natasha; Svinicki, Marilla D.; Gorin, Joanna S.
Journal of Experimental Education, v73 n3 p165 Spr 2005
The goal of this study was to validate measures and assess the effects of collaborative group-learning methods in real classrooms on 3 specific dependent variables: feelings of campus connectedness, academic classroom community, and effective group processing (2 factors). Confirmatory factor analysis were conducted to evaluate a 4-factor model. Using hierarchical linear modeling techniques, results indicated that campus connectedness and collaborative learning (compared with no collaborative learning) predicted positive academic classroom community. For classes using more formal cooperative group work, campus connectedness and group processing-evaluation predicted positive academic classroom community. Suggestions for further applications of the measures are discussed.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teaching Methods, Teamwork, Student Attitudes, Group Dynamics, Cooperative Learning, Classroom Environment, Undergraduate Students, Student School Relationship
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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