Meaningful Interactions in Vital Collaborative Learning Teamwork Experiences
Maria Lourdes De Hoyos, Paul Resta, University of Texas at Austin, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
A Teamwork Assessment Scale (TAS) was developed by the researchers to provide feedback to team members and instructors in online collaborative learning environments. To validate the TAS, a confirmatory factor analysis and path analysis study was conducted with data collected from a large undergraduate class that used collaborative learning teamwork. Approximately 700 students worked in 71 random assigned and self selected teams. 512 students responded to TAS, Personal Characteristics Questionnaire (PAQ), Team Flow (TFS) and Team Synergy Scale (TSS). TAS Factor analysis revealed three factors: Task Management, Positive Social Interaction and Trust. The study revealed that quality of social interaction in teams is critically related to team engagement and collaboration. In addition, high performing collaborative teams also excel in task management of team activities. A model of Social Interaction Teamwork provided a good fit to the data.
De Hoyos, M.L. & Resta, P. (2004). Meaningful Interactions in Vital Collaborative Learning Teamwork Experiences. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2547-2552). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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