Collaborative Learning: Small-Group Collaboration in the Community College Environment
Date of Degree
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Jessica C. Kimmel
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.
Sullivan, Joseph Pierce, "Collaborative Learning: Small-Group Collaboration in the Community College Environment" (2002). Theses & Dissertations. 77.