Team-skills training enhances collaborative learning
Prichard, JS, Stratford, RJ, & Bizo, LA 2006, 'Team-skills training enhances collaborative learning', Learning and Instruction, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 256-265.
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Publisher version of article available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2006.03.005
This study investigated the effects of team-skills training on collaborative learning in a university setting. Groups worked under one of three conditions: (1) groups received team-skill training as a group and remained in that group (Trained-Together), (2) groups received team-skills training, but were then reassigned into new groups (Trained-Reassigned), and (3) groups received no training (Untrained). Each group completed a collaborative task and then group members were tested on the material learned. Scores were highest in the Trained-Together and lowest in the Untrained condition. Results are explained in terms of levels of planning, time management, distribution of effort and strategies adopted.