Revista Electronica Interuniversitaria de Formación del Profesorado (Oct 2009)

A metodologic renovation proposal in the frame of the European Higher Education Area: the small groups of cooperative research

  • Mónica Sanz Torrent,
  • Llorenç Andreu Barrachina,
  • Elisabeth Serrat Sellabona

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 12, no. 3
pp. 111 – 126


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The Bologna Declaration laid the foundation for the construction of a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) among whose challenges is renewing methodological challenges. This paper presents the basic organization of a psychology subject such as Basic Psychological Processes for Psychology and Pedagogy students by organizing small research cooperative groups. This proposal deals with axes of great importance for the construction of the EHEA such as promoting the tutorial role, competence-based training, self-learning, consideration of time and workload, and encouraging the use of new technologies. The article focuses primarily on describing and explaining cooperative work in research groups, their organization, orientation, development, monitoring and evaluation. The results of implementing this proposal were very instructive for students both at a solely academic level and at an interpersonal relationship level.