Team learning for innovation in higher education: a mixed methods study

Rike Bron, Maaike Endedijk, Peter Sleegers

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Abstract

In Higher Education, many changes towards more student-centred and interdisciplinary education are designed and implemented. In order to design such educational innovations, teachers in higher education have to work together in teams. In this research we study these teacher collaboration processes from a perspective of team learning. Team learning consists of a compilation of processes that circularly generate change or improvement. The three basic team learning processes described in the literature are sharing, co-construction and constructive conflict. The nature of these processes differs in different contexts. Until now, quantitative studies have yielded ambiguous results concerning the distinction between team learning processes, and qualitative research about team learning is relatively scarce. In our study, we therefore aim to provide a comprehensive description of the nature of team learning in higher education, using a mixed method design. Our study takes place at a Dutch research university, that is implementing a change towards modular (15 ECTS) and project-based bachelor courses. Teacher teams are responsible for designing these modules. In a qualitative part of our study, we followed ten teacher teams during their module (re) design, and recorded their team meetings. In the quantitative part of the study we administered a questionnaire to 120 teacher teams. Preliminary analyses indicate that a different operationalization of the basic team learning processes is needed, in order to better describe team learning in teams of more than three persons. In our poster session we will present this new operationalization
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2015
Event16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2015: Towards a reflective society: synergies between learning, teaching and research - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 25 Aug 201529 Aug 2015
Conference number: 16

Conference

Conference16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2015
Abbreviated titleEARLI
CountryCyprus
CityLimassol
Period25/08/1529/08/15

Keywords

  • 4TU-CEE

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