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Why do students not engage in Collaborative Learning outside of class?

Rutherford, Stephen, Limorenko, Galina and Shore, Andrew 2016. Why do students not engage in Collaborative Learning outside of class? Presented at: Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Virginia Tech University, Virginia, USA, 10-12 Feb 2016.

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Abstract: Collaborative learning (CL) can be a powerful pedagogy. By encouraging learners to discuss ideas and develop a shared understanding of a problem, learning can be made more-efficient and more-powerful. However, most evidence for the impact of CL focuses on the classroom. We have developed an approach, termed Shadow Modules, which uses principles of CL to support student-directed learning outside of class. However, engagement with these CL activities is low, and so this study aims to identify student attitudes towards CL, and whether there is a link between views of CL and learning strategies (deep, surface or strategic). Using a mixed-methods approach we have investigated students’ perceptions of CL, and potential reasons why they may not engage fully with such learning activities of their own accord. The data suggest that students are generally skeptical of CL, although surface learners to show a mild, but significant, preference for it. Student concerns of CL are mainly that it might lead to a reduced-efficiency of studying, or be distracting. Even though many recognized the benefits of CL, still this general suspicion of sharing learning activities was pervasive. These findings have implications for the management of student-study and revision groups.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 June 2017
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2020 01:26

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