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ERIC Number: EJ1206309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1469-7874
The Effect of Team-Based Learning on Content Knowledge: A Meta-Analysis
Swanson, Elizabeth; McCulley, Lisa V.; Osman, David J.; Scammacca Lewis, Nancy; Solis, Michael
Active Learning in Higher Education, v20 n1 p39-50 Mar 2019
This article reports a synthesis and meta-analysis of intervention studies investigating the effects of team-based learning on content knowledge outcomes. Team-based learning is a particular set of instructional components most often used in higher education classrooms. Authors of team-based learning reviews report that team-based learning improves students' end of course grades, test performance, and classroom engagement. Students report that team-based learning is interesting, allows for deeper understanding of content, and prepares them more effectively for assessment and course performance. A total of 30 studies were located and synthesized. In total, 17 studies met criteria for a meta-analysis, yielding a mean effect size estimate of 0.55, p < 0.001 across all measures. Moderator analysis indicated that group size moderated the magnitude of effect to a statistically significant degree, with smaller group sizes contributing to additional effects. The meta-analysis is followed by a confirmatory synthesis of the remaining 13 studies. Implications for instruction incorporating the use of team-based learning are described.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305F100013