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  • Special Issue: E-learning in the Disciplines of Economics and Business Studies
  • Open Access

Cooperative learning in higher education: differences in perceptions of contribution to the group

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International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education201411:11020066

  • Received: 15 September 2013
  • Accepted: 15 February 2014
  • Published:


This document analyses cooperative learning in a working group using a problem-based learning methodology. We also evaluate if the perception that each member of the group has of his/her contribution to cooperative learning is greater or lesser than that observed by his/her team-mates. Different elements of the work carried out in the group are analysed, such as the effective effort made, their participation, the organisation of the group, cohesion, communication, and the overall perception of their involvement in the cooperative learning and work. It is observed that the students perceive their contribution as greater than that perceived by their team-mates, although we find slight differences depending on the elements analysed.


  • cooperative learning
  • interdisciplinary approach
  • problem-based learning (PBL)
  • higher education