Title

Collaborative Learning: Small-Group Collaboration in the Community College Environment

Date of Degree

5-2002

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program

Education

Advisor

Jessica C. Kimmel

Advisor

Roger Barnes

Advisor

Annette Craven

Advisor

Charlotte Wolf

Abstract

Previous research demonstrates that students learn utilizing collaborative learning. This qualitative research project examined the personal outcomes experienced in community college classes from self-reported student appraisals o f experiences with small group collaborative exercises. Included in this research are reports from teachers observing their students experiencing the collaborative learning process. This local community college study involved three hundred twenty-five students from twelve traditional introductory psychology classes. Data from observations and student interviews suggest that the interactive collaborative processes experienced in small groups within community college classes produce positive personal outcomes and attitude changes supporting the need for more extensive use of collaborative learning in community college classes. Researcher interviews and observations revealed validating confirmations. Student appraisals o f collaborative learning in the community college environment were positive.

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