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The Value of Collaborative Learning at a Liberal Arts College

by Benedict, Elizabeth Helen

Abstract

This research investigated the value of collaborative work in a first year experience (FYE) course at Colorado College, a liberal arts college located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Three different questionnaires were administered to students, through an online survey in three phases. The results indicated students value collaboration because of the opportunities provided to interact with diverse people, expand their perspectives, and work efficiently with others. This research exemplifies the importance of collaborative abilities, which are skills valued by liberal arts colleges, future employers, and college students. Furthermore, this research identifies how the academic environment at Colorado College provides a context where successful collaborative learning can take place. Recommendations from this research are specific to the FYE program at Colorado College. Improvement would start with the FYE program identifying the value and role of collaborative work at Colorado College and beyond. With this recognition, the FYE program can intentionally shape students’ collaborative work experiences, which will help students to succeed at Colorado College and beyond. The recommendations from this research provide specific ways for the FYE program at Colorado College to improve students’ collaborative work experiences and learning.

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Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:26417
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
45 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Taber, Mike
Department/Program
Education
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2016-05