Working Alone or Working Together? Different Working Methods and their Influence on the Quality of Essay-questions Produced in the Finnish Veterinary Program

By Heli Irmeli Koskinen.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In this study about group working and learning, the quality of essay-questions produced in different educational executions in the higher education context was investigated. A comparative experiment design in the Finnish Veterinary Program in the framework of developmental psychology and social learning theory was established. Essay-questions produced by single students and student-student pairs were compared after student-teacher interaction using a Piagetian- type developmental scheme, SOLO-taxonomy, and differentiated by simple statistics methods. Also the quality of questions before the teachers’ guidance was evaluated in pair situations. Significant (p<0.05) differences between single students and pairs were observed and the quality of questions was homogenized when the students worked together. The students had also two different approaches to question production (cooperative or collaborative), which can mean different learning outcomes. However, the correlation between these approaches, learning styles and outcomes were not investigated in this study, but maybe it will be in some future study.

Keywords: Higher Education, Veterinary Medicine, Cooperation, Collaboration, Quality, Essay-Question

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.293-304. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 615.460KB).

Dr. Heli Irmeli Koskinen

Post Graduate Student, Department of Social Psychology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Heli I. Koskinen graduated four years ago from Vet. Faculty of University of Helsinki. Simultaneously she studied behavioral and pedagogical sciences at Helsinki University and made her doctoral studies on veterinary education evaluation. Her publications’ material consists mainly of the teaching evaluation in animal reproduction and veterinary diagnostic imaging.


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