ERIC Number: ED280616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
What Makes a Team? The Composition of Small Groups for C.A.I.
Bellows, B. P.
This study examined the task performance and social interaction of young children who used a computer to learn map skills. Specifically, ability and sex were examined in relation to students' achievement on a social studies task and in relation to student interaction in small groups. Subjects were 66 second grade students in 3 different classrooms. A total of 28 boys and 27 girls were assigned to dyadic or triadic treatment conditions. Results indicated that students in mixed-ability triads had significantly greater gains in achievement than students in uniform-ability groups, that boys and girls did equally well on the task, high-ability students were dominant in group interaction, and subjects most freqently gave and received terminal responses and rarely gave explanations. It is concluded that ability has a bearing on student interaction and achievement in small group computer learning situations. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).