The Effects of Collectivism-Individualism on the Cooperative Learning of Motor Skill.

  • Yi Luo Purdue University, United States
  • Yan Sun Purdue University, United States
  • Johannes Strobel Purdue University, United States
Keywords: dyadic cooperative learning, motor skills, Nintendo Wii Tennis

Abstract

This study examined how cultural background (collectivism vs. individualism) affects motor skill learning in a dyadic cooperative learning environment. The research context of this study was Nintendo™ Wii Tennis. Twenty college students from a Midwestern university participated in the study, among whom half were from an individualistic culture (USA) and the other half were from a collectivistic culture (China). In the study, the participants from these two backgrounds demonstrated different interaction levels and behavioral predispositions in the cooperative learning of motor skills. Both participants of individualistic background and of collectivistic background had made significant progress in the post-exercise as compared to the pre-exercise, which corroborated the benefits of cooperative learning on motor skill learning. Nevertheless, the progress made by the participants of individualistic background was statistically larger than that made by the participants of collectivistic background. Implications and limitations of this study are discussed.

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Author Biographies

Yi Luo, Purdue University, United States

Yi Luo is a PhD candidate in Learning, Design, and Technology at Purdue University. Her research interests include collaborative/cooperative learning and online learning. 

Yan Sun, Purdue University, United States

Yan Sun is a PhD candidate in learning, Design, and Technology at Purdue University. Her research interests include adoption and diffusion of elementary engineering teaching, and professional development of elementary engineering education.

Johannes Strobel, Purdue University, United States

Dr. Johannes Strobel is an assistant professor in College of Education at Purdue University. His research focuses on the intersection between learning and technology. He is interested in designing and integrating open-ended, problem-based learning environments into curricula, social computing applications in education (including game-based approaches).

Published
2013-01-01
How to Cite
Luo, Y., Sun, Y., & Strobel, J. (2013). The Effects of Collectivism-Individualism on the Cooperative Learning of Motor Skill. Journal of International Students, 3(1), 41-51. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/517
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Research Articles