New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

Effects of Cooperative Active Learning Experiences on Achievement, Attitudes, and Behaviours in Biology

Audrey O’ Grady, University of Limerick (Ireland)

Amnah Alraddadi, University of Limerick (Ireland)

Abstract

In recent years, many reforms have attempted to promote new learning strategies, such as active learning, Inquiry-based learning, and Problem-based learning. One approach to active learning is cooperative learning, which has social advantages and academic benefits. The aim of this research is to determine the impact of the implementation of cooperative learning on the achievement, attitude, and behaviour of first-year biology undergraduate students. This study is taking place at the University of Limerick, and involving students from their first year of Biology teacher education programme. In order to achieve the research aims, a mixed method approach will be used. Quantitative method will be applied through cooperative learning, perception, questionnaire, and academic achievement and attitude of first-year life science students. The qualitative method will be applied through interviews; interviews will be conducted with randomly selected first-year biology students in the experimental group.

Keywords: learning strategies, biology undergraduate students, qualitative method; 

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