ERIC Number: ED366592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Preservice Teachers and Cooperative Learning: Their Attitudes toward, Experiences with and Knowledge about This Teaching/Learning Strategy.
Bouas, M. Jean
This study examined how methods courses affected preservice teachers' knowledge of and attitudes toward cooperative learning. Data were gathered utilizing a pre/post course attitude survey, a pre/post class true/false test, postclass interviews, and interviews conducted with subjects during their respective student teaching experiences. Participants were elementary education majors (N=53) who were enrolled in one or more of three methods classes. Fourteen class members participated in post class interviews and two members were followed from the methods classes into their respective student teaching experiences. Findings indicate that instruction and experiences with cooperative learning in the three methods classes appeared to have had a positive effect on subjects' attitudes and knowledge related to cooperative learning; they also showed that, consistent with the literature, subjects recognized the pedagogical value of preservice teacher education experiences that enabled them to learn about cooperative learning as a model of instruction and provided them with the opportunity to experience the model. Tables display statistical data. The attitude survey, true false test, and procedures for analyzing qualitative data are appended. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (73rd, Los Angeles, CA, February 13-17, 1993).