University students' perceptions of a holistic care course through cooperative learning: Implications for instructors and researchers

Peter Jen Der Pan, Gloria Huey Ming Pan, Ching Yieh Lee, Shona Shih Hua Chang

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The benefits of cooperative learning have been advocated in a wide range of educational contexts in higher education. There is, however, rare information on the contributions of holistic education courses on college students. Using grounded theory methods, this preliminary study was to explore participants' perceptions of a holistic care course through cooperative learning. The results indicated that five primary categories including learning environment construction, multiple learning processes, cognitive change, solitary learning and transfer, and personal growth emerged as prominent and consistent themes. Moreover, positive and negative feelings about the learning experience, a greater understanding of holistic knowledge, and an enlargement of the experiences of connecting to others were also found. Finally, a pattern of university students' construction of holistic knowledge was developed, and several research questions were generated. Future implications for research and practice on the holistic curriculum and cooperative learning in higher education were also suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-209
Number of pages11
JournalAsia Pacific Education Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 1



  • Cooperative learning
  • Holistic care course
  • Holistic knowledge
  • University students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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