Social skills as predictors of communication, performance and quality of collaboration in project-based learning

Notari, Michele Pietro Mario Aldo; Baumgartner, Adrian; Herzog, Walter (2014). Social skills as predictors of communication, performance and quality of collaboration in project-based learning. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 30(2), pp. 132-147. Wiley 10.1111/jcal.12026

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The assumption that social skills are necessary ingredients of collaborative learning is well established but rarely empirically tested. In addition, most theories on collaborative learning focus on social skills only at the personal level, while the social skill configurations within a learning group might be of equal importance. Using the integrative framework, this study investigates which social skills at the personal level and at the group level are predictive of task-related e-mail communication, satisfaction with performance and perceived quality of collaboration. Data collection took place in a technology-enhanced long-term project-based learning setting for pre-service teachers.

For data collection, two questionnaires were used, one at the beginning and one at the end of the learning cycle which lasted 3 months. During the project phase, the e-mail communication between group members was captured as well. The investigation of 60 project groups (N = 155 for the questionnaires; group size: two or three students) and 33 groups for the e-mail communication (N = 83) revealed that personal social skills played only a minor role compared to group level configurations of social skills in predicting satisfaction with performance, perceived quality of collaboration and communication behaviour. Members from groups that showed a high and/or homogeneous configuration of specific social skills (e.g., cooperation/compromising, leadership) usually were more satisfied and saw their group as more efficient than members from groups with a low and/or heterogeneous configuration of skills.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Notari, Michele Pietro Mario Aldo, Baumgartner, Adrian (B), Herzog, Walter


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education








Felicitas Elisabeth Fanger

Date Deposited:

29 Sep 2014 16:54

Last Modified:

29 Mar 2023 23:33

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

computer mediated communication, group collaboration, project-based learning, social skills




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