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ERIC Number: EJ963216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Identification of Dysfunctional Cooperative Learning Teams Using Taguchi Quality Indexes
Hsiung, Chin-Min
Educational Technology & Society, v14 n3 p152-162 2011
In this study, dysfunctional cooperative learning teams are identified by comparing the Taguchi "larger-the-better" quality index for the academic achievement of students in a cooperative learning condition with that of students in an individualistic learning condition. In performing the experiments, 42 sophomore mechanical engineering students are randomly assigned to the two learning conditions and are formed into mixed-ability three-member groups. The probability of erroneously identifying a functional team as dysfunctional is quantified using a control chart. The identification results are verified by examining the smaller-the-better and larger-the-better Taguchi quality indexes for the students' off-task behavior frequency and attitudes toward cooperative learning, respectively. The methodology and findings presented in this study provide a useful basis for the development of technology-assisted solutions for monitoring and analyzing the performance of cooperative learning teams. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan