ERIC Number: ED092382
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov-30
Reference Count: N/A
Group Forces in Instruction: Relationship to Learning. A Student and Teacher Training Program in Small Group Learning Functions.
Mack, Richard G.; And Others
The project's objectives were to increase achievement in mathematics, alter behavior in mathematics classes, and alter attitudes toward small-group work through training in small-group dynamics. The subjects were 85 10th grade geometry students assigned to one of two class periods (morning or afternoon). Within each class period, the students were randomly assigned to one of three groups--video, nonvideo, or traditional group. Within the video and nonvideo groups, the students were assigned to one of two groups of six members each. The two traditional groups each numbered approximately 20 students. The video groups were trained in small-group dynamics which included nonmathematical activities to develop specific discussion skills as well as mathematical discovery techniques suitable for small groups. Videotapes were used as feedback on the group's activities. The nonvideo groups received identical treatment except for the video feedback, and the traditional group operated as a traditional class. An achievement test and a semantic differential attitude test developed by the project staff were administered; both are included in the appendix. Statistical analysis of the test resulted in no significant differences in students' geometry achievement or attitudes toward mathematics and small-group work. (JP)
Descriptors: Achievement, Attitudes, Discovery Learning, Discovery Processes, Geometry, Group Dynamics, Instruction, Research, Secondary School Mathematics, Small Group Instruction, Teaching Methods
ERIC/SMEAC, Ohio State University, 400 Lincoln Tower, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (on loan)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Research, Planning, and Evaluation.; Independence Public Schools, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III