ERIC Number: ED392544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Cooperation in the Multi-Ethnic Classroom: The Impact of Cooperative Group Work on Social Relationships in Middle Schools.
Cowie, Helen; And Others
This book describes a British project which used cooperative group work as a curriculum approach to help reduce children's social difficulties and encourage cooperation and friendship across such barriers as race, sex, or disability. The book consists of eight chapters. Chapter 1 provides an overview of research findings and theory related to peer acceptance, friendships, and bully-victim problems in junior school (elementary) classrooms. Chapter 2 discusses theory and research related to ethnicity, relationships, and attitudes in children. Chapter 3 concentrates on cooperative group work in primary schools. Chapter 4 provides the background to the project, including project design. Chapter 5 describes inservice training and support for teachers in the values of cooperation that the teachers would promote in their classes. Chapter 6 discusses the effects of cooperative group work on children's social relationships. Chapter 7 provides a close look at individual differences and case studies of children taking part in the program. Chapter 8 provides conclusions and recommendations concerning: (1) the two primary dimensions of social relationships--affiliation and power; (2) the meaning of cooperation; (3) the potential of cooperative group work in the classroom; (4) the successes and failures of the project, and an analysis of why failures occurred; and (5) a discussion of the future of cooperative group work for improving social relationships. An index is included. Contains 169 references. (DR)
Descriptors: Bullying, Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Experimental Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Group Activities, Group Behavior, Group Dynamics, Groups, Hidden Curriculum, Inservice Teacher Education, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Mainstreaming, Peer Relationship, Sex Differences, Social Behavior, Staff Development, Teamwork
Taylor and Francis Publishers, 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007-1598 ($27).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
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