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Investigating the effectiveness of structured and scripted collaborative learning in an Indian education context

Sonawane, A.Y. (2020) Investigating the effectiveness of structured and scripted collaborative learning in an Indian education context.

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Abstract:In this research, the Jigsaw method is used to structure students’ collaboration activities. Additionally, students in the experimental condition are supported with scripted worksheets that consist of the sequence of collaboration activities and example questions for provoking information from their peers. An intervention consisting of three English language lessons for students of grade eight in an Indian school was conducted. Differences in students’ learning outcomes and experiences of collaboration were observed and compared between an experimental condition which received scripts in heterogeneous groups and a control condition which consisted of heterogeneous groups that did not receive scripts. This study initiated the application of a novel learning method in an Indian secondary school. While the findings indicate no significant differences in the learning outcomes and perceptions of collaboration between the two conditions, the participating students were well accepting of this newly implemented method of learning. Students’ responses pertaining to their experiences of collaboration were largely positive, indicating that they were adapting to learning in collaborative groups. Qualitative analysis reveals that students in both conditions engaged in domain-related discussions. Findings from this study show the acceptance of collaborative learning in an Indian educational context; which suggests the scope for further research in implementing collaborative learning initiatives and investigating the necessary support required to improve students’ learning outcomes, teamwork and social skills.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81056
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