ERIC Number: ED365106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Construction of Learning and Interaction of Language Minority Children in Cooperative Learning. Report No. 45.
Duran, Richard P.; Szymanski, Margaret H.
This report analyzes the moment-by-moment construction of interaction by language minority children in a cooperative learning activity. The interaction occurred among students in a Spanish-English bilingual 3rd grade classroom as part of a cooperative learning curriculum known as Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition (CIRC), which was especially adapted for use in bilingual classrooms by language minority students. The analysis of interaction reveals that under supportive social circumstances, children are very active in probing and questioning their own knowledge and they rely on their shared expertise to attain instructional goals and supplemental goals that are related to their own expertise and concerns. The report supports the importance of promoting learning as a constructive process wherein students actively develop new knowledge through manipulation and questioning of their existing knowledge. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Effective Schooling for Disadvantaged Students, Baltimore, MD.
Identifiers: Language Minorities