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

Aprendizaje cooperativo en educación superior: diferencias en la percepción de la contribución al grupo


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.


Este documento analiza el aprendizaje cooperativo en un grupo de trabajo en el que se utiliza metodología del aprendizaje basado en problemas. Además, se evalúa si la percepción que cada componente del grupo tiene de su aportación al aprendizaje cooperativo es mayor o menor que la percibida por sus compañeros. Se analizan diferentes aspectos del trabajo desarrollado dentro del grupo, como son el esfuerzo efectivo realizado, su participación, la organización del grupo, la cohesión, la comunicación y la percepción global de su implicación en el trabajo y el aprendizaje cooperativo. Se observa que los estudiantes perciben que su aportación es mayor que la percibida por sus compañeros, aunque encontramos ligeras diferencias en función de los aspectos analizados.


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Correspondence to Francisco Jareño.

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Jareño, F., Jiménez, J.J. & Lagos, M.G. Cooperative learning in higher education: differences in perceptions of contribution to the group. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 11, 70–80 (2014).

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