Faculty Publications

Title

Adding Constructive Competition to Enhance a Cooperative Learning Experience: A Quest for Kudos

Document Type

Article

Keywords

college students, constructive competition, cooperative learning, groups, social interdependence

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Management Education

Volume

37

Issue

4

First Page

562

Last Page

591

Abstract

This article reviews a classroom application titled "The Quest for Kudos Challenge," which is a long-term, multitask, large group competition to attain a reward that was designed to adhere to the recommendations for creating a cooperative learning experience while maintaining the elements of a constructive competition. The application was implemented in a course mid-semester, allowing for a comparison of the results before and after the introduction of the Kudos Challenge. Furthermore, the outcomes for the classes that participated in the Kudos Challenge are compared with classes from a previous semester that did not implement the application. Results show that students in the Kudos Challenge classes received higher exam scores, increased classroom participation, and made more voluntary contributions than the Comparison classes from the previous semester. Qualitative feedback from the Kudos classes was overwhelmingly positive. Furthermore, several positive instructor outcomes resulted from the implementation of the Kudos Challenge, including positive feedback from the students, colleagues, and school administrators; higher student evaluations; and an innovative teaching award. © The Author(s) 2012.

Original Publication Date

8-1-2013

DOI of published version

10.1177/1052562912451738

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