ERIC Number: ED201495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Group Composition, Group Interaction and Achievement in Cooperative Small Groups.
Webb, Noreen M.
This study investigated interaction and achievement in cooperative small groups in four junior high school mathematics classrooms. Ninety-six students learned a one-week unit on consumer mathematics in mixed-ability or uniform-ability groups. Students in mixed-ability groups scored higher on a problem-solving test than students in uniform-ability groups. However, this finding was mediated by verbal interaction within the group. Asking a question and receiving no answer was detrimental to achievement. This behavior was more frequent among uniform-ability groups than among mixed-ability groups. Group interaction was predicted by group composition (uniform-ability or mixed-ability), student personality (extroversion-introversion), and student ability. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Organization, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Group Dynamics, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Interaction, Interaction Process Analysis, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 1981). Contains occasional broken type. For related documents, see SE 034 830.