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The impact of cooperative learning on self-directed learning abilities in the computer applications technology class

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This article reports on an explorative study into the relationship between the implementation of cooperative learning strategies and students’ self-directedness in learning. Participants in this study were first-year Computer Applications Technology student teachers. Students completed a self-directed learning questionnaire at the beginning of the module and again after completion of the module. We used cooperative learning strategies during contact sessions over 12¬†weeks. After completion of the module, interviews were also conducted with randomly selected students. We concluded that the cooperative learning experiences in the Computer Applications Technology class appear to have an effect on students’ perceived readiness for self-directed learning only in cases where students do not have perceived high self-directed learning skills.
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Keywords: Cooperative learning (CL); higher education; self-directed learning (SDL); teacher training

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: North-West University, Research Focus Area: Self-directed learning, Potchefstroom, Potchefstroom, South Africa 2: North-West University, Computer Science Education, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Publication date: July 4, 2018

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