ERIC Number: ED087687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Cooperative Group Process. Profiles of Promise 19.
Hawke, Sharryl; Fox, Robert F.
An American history class in Melbourne, Florida, provides an opportunity for tenth grade students to experience the reality of interpersonal interaction and small group cooperation in the classroom. The first three days of the year-long course are used to identify leaders and to assign groups, numbering five to seven students. In addition to covering course materials, the first three weeks are employed in gaining insight into group processes through discussion, films, slides, overhead transparencies, and handouts. Starting with the fourth week of class, a cooperative group state of development is entered by having students take over the responsibility for forming groups and assigning themselves more specific roles, while the teacher participates as consultant and observer. Day to day activities within this organizational structure include a day of preparation, three days of group work, and a day of evaluation. All group discussion of course content is based on the study of historical situations and social issues, drawing from textbooks, paper backs, films, and handouts. A questionnaire study of the students in this class and of a control class reveals that the group participation approach requires more effort on the student's part, increases peer group pressure, and results in higher attendance. Findings did not show an expected increase of confidence in handling interpersonal relationships. (KSM)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Course Descriptions, Grade 10, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Competence, Leadership Training, Peer Relationship, Role Perception, Secondary Education, Self Directed Groups, Small Group Instruction, Social Studies, Sociometric Techniques, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Methods, Teamwork, United States History
Social Science Education Consortium, 855 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 ($10.00, 1 copy of 30 issues; $20.00, 5 copies of 30 issues)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Florida