Enhancing College Students’ Critical Thinking Skills in Cooperative Groups

  • Helena SilvaEmail author
  • José Lopes
  • Caroline Dominguez
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 993)


This study examines the effects of cooperative learning interventions on college students’ critical thinking (CT) development. It presents the results of an investigation in which 19 students were assigned to work in a cooperative learning (experimental group) context, and 22 other students (control group) followed a lecture-based learning process. The development of the students’ critical thinking skills was subsequently assessed with a pre- and post-test. The results showed greater improvements in critical thinking skills among the students of the intervention group suggesting clearly that the effects of cooperative learning are very positive.


Critical thinking Cooperative learning Lecture-based learning 



This work was supported by CRITHINKEDU - Critical Thinking across the European Higher Education Curricula.






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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education and PsychologyUniversidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  2. 2.CIIE – Centro de Investigação e Intervenção Educativas, Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da EducaçãoUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Department of EngineeringUniversidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  4. 4.CIDTFFAveiroPortugal

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