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Differences That Make A Difference: A Study In Collaborative Learning

Abstract Collaborative learning is a common teaching strategy in classrooms across age groups and content areas. It is important to measure and understand the cognitive process involved during collaboration to improve teaching methods involving interactive activities. This research attempted to answer the question: why do students learn more in collaborative settings? Using three measurement tools, 142 participants from seven different biology courses at a community college and at a university were tested before and after collaborating about the biological process of natural selection. Three factors were analyzed to measure their effect on learning at the individual level and the group level. The three factors were: difference in prior knowledge, se... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Touchman, Stephanie (Author) / Baker, Dale (Advisor) / Rosenberg, Michael (Committee member) / Ganesh, Tirupalavanam (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Science education / Cognitive psychology / Collaboration / Gender Differences / Mental Models / Natural Selection / Prior Knowledge / Religious Beliefs
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 148 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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