Teaching Theory in occupational therapy using a cooperative learning: A mixed method study

Tsu-Hsin Howe, Ching Fan Sheu, Jim Hinojosa

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Cooperative learning provides an important vehicle for active learning, as knowledge is socially constructed through interaction with others. This study investigated the effect of cooperative learning on occupational therapy (OT) theory knowledge attainment in professional-level OT students in a classroom environment. Using a pre- and post-test group design, 24 first-year, entry-level OT students participated while taking a theory course in their second semester of the program. Cooperative learning methods were implemented via in-class group assignments. The students were asked to complete two questionnaires regarding their attitudes toward group environments and their perception toward group learning before and after the semester. MANCOVA was used to examine changes in attitudes and perceived learning among groups. Students’ summary sheets for each in-class assignment and course evaluations were collected for content analysis. Results indicated significant changes in students’ attitude toward working in small groups regardless of their prior group experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-71
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


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