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Using cooperative learning to improve generic skills among university students

Wan Mohamed, Wan Azlinda and Jaafar, Mime Azrina (2009) Using cooperative learning to improve generic skills among university students. In: International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2009 (ICTLHE09), 23-25 November 2009, Kuala Lumpur.


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One of the factors that contribute to unemployment among university graduates in Malaysia today is their lack of proficiency in generic skills. To overcome this, many universities has revised their curriculum in order to develop generic skills among students. Many methods has been utilized by lecturers in teaching and learning such as problem-based learning, cooperative learning, collaborative learning and others in order to develop generic skills among students. The purpose of this study is to determine if cooperative learning will improve university's students' generic skills. The study used a quasi experiment with pre-test and post-test as its research design. The duration of the study was eight weeks. Twenty four students in a class that implement cooperative learning using Student Team Achievement model were selected as a sample for this study. A questionnaire consisting of 54 questions comprising eight generic skills: collecting, analyzing and organizing information; communicating ideas and information; planning and organizing activities; working with others and in teams; using mathematical ideas and techniques; solving problems; using technology and cultural understandings was used as the instrument. The data obtained is analyzed by means of descriptive data and inferential statistics. The means and percentages were used to report gender, races and age data while the paired t-test was used to identify and analyze the differences of students' generic skills before and after attending the cooperative learning classes with 0.05 significant levels. The result of the study shows that the cooperative learning has improved four generic skills: solving problems; communicating ideas and information; planning and organizing activities and using mathematical ideas and techniques. In conclusion, cooperative learning can be used as an instructional strategy at the university to improve students' generic skills.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
Depositing User: Faizul Sahari
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2011 01:32
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2011 01:32
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/1816
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