Towards a Cooperative Learning Environment in Universities through In-Service Training
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AuthorHebles Ortiz, Melany; Yániz-Álvarez-de-Eulate, Concepción; Alonso Dos Santos, Manuel ; Villardón-Gallego, Lourdes
Cooperative learningFaculty professional developmentHigher educationTransfer of training
Hebles, M.; Yániz-Álvarez-de-Eulate, C.; Alonso-Dos-Santos, M.; Villardón-Gallego, L. Towards a Cooperative Learning Environment in Universities through In-Service Training. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1112. [https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031112]
SponsorshipDIN project 02/2015 (Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción)
The goal of this study is to determine the extent to which faculty training in cooperative learning (CL) transfers to university teaching, according to students’ opinions. The design was quasi-experimental, with a control group and an intervention group. During two years, 346 first-year university Business School students and 12 university teachers of four disciplines (Business and Economy, Communication, Mathematics and Knowledge Integration) took part in the study. The results show that, after specific training in CL methodology, teachers showed significant improvement in the application of several CL dimensions: social skills, evaluation, reflection, interdependence, interaction and tutoring. In addition, a multivariate analysis of variance was calculated to examine the possible interaction effect of teacher training and disciplines on CL application. The results indicate that training based on participants’ needs and context fosters transference to university teaching. Teachers from different disciplines respond differently when applying CL to the classroom after training, especially in evaluation, heterogeneity, and tutoring. The results highlight the importance of a quality faculty professional development program.