ERIC Number: ED103266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Group Interaction Stimulated by Competition Between Groups as a Motivating Technique in a Ninth-Grade Mathematics Classroom. Final Report.
Kenny, Paul Francis
The author of this report studied the differential effects on achievement and attitude toward mathematics of two types of classroom situation. Ninth-grade students were randomly assigned to traditional classrooms (lecture and class discussion of problems) or to experimental classrooms. In the latter, students were placed in groups of four members; half of all class time was devoted to teacher presentation of material, and the other half to group activities. The members of a group were encouraged to cooperate with each other by dividing assignments, peer teaching and other techniques. Groups competed against each other for test scores (groups were given scores equal to the sum of the members' scores). The investigator found no significant difference in achievement between students in traditional and experimental classrooms. Changes in attitudes toward mathematics, and the effective interaction of groups varied between groups. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Research. Basic Studies Div.
Authoring Institution: N/A