Encouraging collaborative learning among first-year university students
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The majority of new university students have not experienced the type of learning expected of them now. It is much more likely that these students have experienced a more traditional style of teaching where the teacher 'teaches' and students sit quietly and 'learn'. On the other hand, the key characteristics of higher education are academic freedom, activity and innovation, diversity, and efficiency. This paper endeavours to ascertain whether these characteristics are being encouraged in beginning university students.