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Development and validation of a self-report instrument for exploring team work in schools

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abstract Cooperative learning is a popular method for classroom teaching since it makes it possible to accommodate for individual differences as well as to achieve various educational goals (academic as well as social). Additionally, it aligns with the socio-constructivist notion of learning (Antil et al., 1998). However, when looking at everyday practice in classrooms, cooperative learning seems to not always be able to hold its promises. One reason for this might be that certain framing conditions are neglected in classroom practice which would be necessary for the effectiveness of cooperative learning (Abrami & Chambers, 1996). Due to the complexity of teamwork, it is a challenge for teachers to identify the reasons why teamwork in the classroom does not lead to the results expected. This study aims at developing and validating a self-report instrument for assessing team work at schools and for providing teachers with hints on how to improve teamwork in their classrooms. The instrument will be validated with about 400 students of at least 4 different schools. The scales are theoretically founded and cover relevant aspects of teamwork at school. All instruments were either originally developed for usage in schools or adapted to the school context. Even though further validation is necessary, the first results are already quite promising. They show that the basic structure of the questionnaires is valid and that the instruments are reliable. Thus, this study provides a valuable instrument for both practitioners and researchers.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords cooperative learning, teamwork, instrument development
   
name of conference 14th Biennial Conference EARLI 2011 (Exeter UK)
date of conference 30-8-2011
title of proceedings Education for a Global Networked Society
publisher European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (Leuven)
review not reviewed
   
citation Brahm, T., Bauer-Klebl, A., & Raatz, S. (2011). Development and validation of a self-report instrument for exploring team work in schools. In Education for a Global Networked Society. Leuven: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction.