ERIC Number: ED062671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Sociometric Effects in Small Classroom Groups Using Curricula Identified as Process-Oriented.
Nickse, Ruth S.; Ripple, Richard E.
This study was an attempt fo document aspects of small group work in classrooms engaged in the process education curricula called "Materials and Activities for Teachers and Children" (MATCH). Data on student-student interaction was related to small group work and gathered by paper-and-pencil sociometric questionnaires and measures of group cohesion. The MATCH curricula were used in 10 fifth and sixth grade social studies classes for an hour a day over a two to three week period in five different elementary schools. A 12-item group cohesion question questionnaire related to such elements of group cohesion, as satisfaction, solidarity and loyalty was administered both during and after MATCH Kit use. The findings suggest that status in classroom groups does affect attitudes and feelings toward group members and toward small group work. It was suggested that lower chosen students may be able to increase their social interaction skills with practice in appropriate learning settings provided by process-oriented curricula like MATCH. (Author/BW)
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Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.; State Univ. of New York, Cortland. Coll. at Cortland.
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association in Chicago Illinois on April 3-7, 1972