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Experience of cooperative learning in engineering

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Abstract:

The objective of this work is to share the authors' experience towards a different mode of teaching/learning method. Cooperative learning (Jigsaw) was employed on the University of Vigo's fourth-year engineering students. The results of the experience show that cooperative learning is quite a viable alternative to the classical way of lecturing at the university when the number of students is not too high. The authors' observation indicates that students did not show a lot of interest towards the new learning style but their resistance changed once they began the activity. The Jigsaw method has proved to be a useful tool for improving the learning process so that students have the opportunity to participate actively in the learning activities.

Keywords: Jigsaw; chemical engineering; cooperative learning; learning method

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2010.518232

Affiliations: 1: Chemical Engineering Department, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain 2: Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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