Title: Development of the competences of teamwork through cooperative learning at the university

Authors: Clemente Lobato, Pedro M. Apodaca, Marta C. Barandiaran, M.J. San Jose, J. Sancho, J.L. Zubimendi

Addresses: Faculty of Philosophy and Education (UPV/EHU), Spain. ' University College of Teacher Training of Bilbao (UPV/EHU), Spain. ' Faculty of Fine Arts (UPV/EHU), Spain. ' Faculty of Science and Technology (UPV/EHU), Spain. ' Department of Nuclear Engineering and Fluid Mechanics, University College of Engineering of Vitoria-Gasteiz (UPV/EHU), Spain. ' University College of Technical Industrial Engineering of Bilbao (UPV/EHU), Spain

Abstract: Cooperative learning seems to be the right methodology to tackle the development of the teamwork competence inside the process of teaching–learning at the University. That strategy has been used by lecturers of different faculties and schools of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU who have sorted an Educational Team on cooperative learning. The experience was developed in six different groups which add up as 185 students. The outcome of that experience was analysed by means of a questionnaire which gathers the main competences of teamwork. The analysis of the dimensions of the questionnaire shows a structure with two dimensions: (1) |interpersonal competences| and (2) |instrumental competences|. Students seem to prioritise the most technical or procedural competences (instrumental) over personal and relationship competences (interpersonal) in their formative process and assessment of their learning.

Keywords: competence development; CFA; confirmatory factor analysis; cooperative learning; higher education; information; innovation; teamwork; university teaching; Spain.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIOME.2010.033547

International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2010 Vol.3 No.3, pp.224 - 240

Published online: 04 Jun 2010 *

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