Using Cmap Cloud in the cooperative development of interactive concept maps to improve academic performance. Concept maps, cooperative work and academic performance

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Title: Using Cmap Cloud in the cooperative development of interactive concept maps to improve academic performance. Concept maps, cooperative work and academic performance
Authors: Navarro Soria, Ignasi | González Gómez, Carlota | López Becerra, Fernando | Fernández Carrasco, Francisco | Heliz Llopis, Jorge
Research Group/s: Grupo de Investigación en Psicología Evolutiva y Criminología (GIPEC) | Investigación en Inteligencias, Competencia Social y Educación (SOCEDU)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y Didáctica
Keywords: Conceptual map | Academic performance | Meaningful learning | Cooperative learning | Cmap Cloud
Knowledge Area: Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Council for Innovative Research, Rajasansi, Punjab, India
Citation: International Journal of Research in Education Methodology. 2018, 9: 1474-1479
Abstract: For this study, 148 students were recruited, and they consisted of two experimental groups and one control group. Both experimental groups were instructed in the development of conceptual maps using the CmapTools software, while the students in the control group freely chose which study strategies they would use to acquire the knowledge that would be evaluated. The difference between the two experimental groups was that one of the experimental groups followed the guidelines of a cooperative activity, developing a conceptual map in work teams (4 students to each team) usingCmapCloud, while in the other experimental group, each student developed the contents of a conceptual map in CmapTools on an individual level. The objective was to detect whether there would be any statistically significant differences between the three groups at the level of academic performance. For this purpose, the same sample was tested by means of the same type of knowledge acquisition test. The data obtained reveal that the scores are higher in the experimental groups than in the control group, and in turn, the experimental group that included cooperative work obtained a better level of performance than the experimental group that worked at the individual level. Therefore, we conclude that simple modifications in the pedagogical strategy (introducing an effective learning strategy and cooperative work), would significantly improve the teaching-learning process and, consequently, would significantly improve the average performance of the students.
Sponsor: The present work is part of the REDES-I3CE Program of research in university teaching of the Educational Sciences of the University of Alicante (call 2017-18), Ref.:[4098]
ISSN: 2278-7690
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Peer Review: si
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