ERIC Number: ED100877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Small Group Cooperative Curriculum and Experimental Evaluation; A Study of Cooperation Training. Final Report.
Bloom, Joan R.; And Others
This report describes a project to test the effectiveness of a small-group curriculum designed to teach cooperative group work. The sample of 53 groups of boys and 47 groups of girls was assigned to one of three conditions: (a) established groups, (b) ad hoc groups, and (c) control condition groups. Groups who had training were predicted to choose more cooperative rules for structuring an assigned task than untrained groups chose. Established groups were predicted to choose more cooperative rules and to be more cohesive than ad hoc groups. For each of three types of rules, trained groups more frequently selected the most cooperative rule options. Choice of rules was unrelated to the sex of the group or the type of training but was related to behavioral cohesiveness. Cohesiveness was unrelated to type of training. This curriculum, composed of interesting classroom activities having significant effects, has been shown to be usable. The study provides no evidence of a need to keep the children together during the treatment. A 34-item bibliography is included and the following are appendeded: (a) "Description of Cooperation Minicourse," (b) "Three Patterns of Rule Options Used in Simulation Activity," and (c) "Methodology Analyses." (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. School of Education.