Team learning and its association with the implementation of competence-based education

Lisette Wijnia*, Eva M. Kunst, Marianne van Woerkom, Rob F. Poell

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Competence-based education (CBE) is the leading paradigm for education reform of Vocational Education and Training in European countries. This study addresses the association of collective team identification, task interdependence, team learning, and team size, with the implementation of CBE (N = 1008 teachers, 93 teams). Information processing in teams was positively associated with the implementation of CBE. Furthermore, trends revealed that information storage and retrieval, task interdependence, and smaller team sizes were associated with less disagreement within the team about the CBE-level of the educational program. These results provide further insight into the importance of team learning for education reform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-126
Number of pages12
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Competence-based education
  • Team learning
  • Teacher teams
  • Team entitativity
  • Vocational education and training


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