Is It Better to be Alone or in Company?: The Impact of the Structural Profile of Interpersonal Skills on Computer-Supported Group-Based Learning

Elvis Mazzoni (University of Bologna, Italy), Pietro Gaffuri (University of Bologna, Italy) and Patrizia Selleri (University of Bologna, Italy)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 67
EISBN13: 9781466626003|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1936-4.ch003
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This chapter presents an empirical study involving first-year students enrolled in the Faculty of Psychology (University of Bologna), who are following a practical formative activity based on Computer-Supported Group-Based Learning. The learning activity is conducted in a blended-learning format—three face-to-face lessons and three online activities; students were randomly associated to two different experimental conditions of participation: Individual Learning (IL) and Group-Based Learning (GBL). Focusing on GBL students, this chapter intends to verify whether different Structural Profiles of Interpersonal Skills (SPIS) might improve the students’ comprehension of a scientific text. By analyzing the results of test and re-test, the students with a High Actor-SPIS make a significant improvement, and the groups with a High Density and Low Centralization make significant progress at the ReTest.
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