Collaborative learning in Faculty of Medical Sciences - Stip: Group work and study teams

Dimova, Cena and Gjorgjeska, Biljana and Kovacevska, Ivona and Angelovska, Bistra (2011) Collaborative learning in Faculty of Medical Sciences - Stip: Group work and study teams. III Symposium of international participation. pp. 225-226.

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Students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. Researchers report that, regardless of the subject matter, students working in small groups tend to learn more of what is taught and retain it longer than when the same content is presented in other instructional formats. Students who work in collaborative groups also appear more satisfied with their classes.
Various names have been given to this form of teaching, and there are some distinctions among these: cooperative learning, collaborative learning, collective learning, learning communities, peer teaching, peer learning, reciprocal learning, team learning, study circles, study groups and work groups. But all in all, there are three general types of group work: informal learning groups, formal learning groups, and study teams (adapted from Johnson and Smith, 1991).
Informal learning groups are ad hoc temporary clustering of students within a single class session. Formal learning groups are teams established to complete a specific task. Usually, students work together until the task is finished, and their project is graded. Study teams are long-term groups (usually existing over the course of a semester) with stable membership whose primary responsibility is to provide members with support, encouragement, and assistance in completing course requirements and assignments. The larger the class and the more complex the subject matter, the more valuable study teams can be.
Key words: inclusion, learning, teaching, education.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Social Sciences > Media and communications
Humanities > Other humanities
Medical and Health Sciences > Other medical sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Cena Dimova
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 11:07
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 10:51

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