Student groups as learning entities: The effect of group diversity and teamwork quality on groups' cognitive complexity

P.L. Curseu, H. Pluut

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Abstract

Collaborative learning has important group-level benefits, yet most studies in higher education only focus on individual benefits of collaborative learning experiences. This study extends these insights by testing a model in which teamwork quality mediates the impact of several compositional differences (gender, nationality and teamwork expertise diversity, as well as need for cognition disparity) on groups’ cognitive complexity in a sample of 159 student groups. The results support the mediating role of teamwork quality, and have important practical implications for the design of student groups in higher education.
Keywords: group cognitive complexity, collaborative learning, team composition, teamwork quality, group cognition
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-103
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Student groups as learning entities : The effect of group diversity and teamwork quality on groups' cognitive complexity. / Curseu, P.L.; Pluut, H.

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