ERIC Number: ED302512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-9
Reference Count: 0
Cooperative Learning: Observations and Reflections in Context with Minority Achievement and Educational Reform.
Gallien, Louis B., Jr.
This paper presents some observations on cooperative learning gathered from research in social and educational literature. Issues of educational reform are also addressed within the context of minority academic achievement. Studies comparing cooperation or greater competition in the classroom appear to be in agreement that cooperative modes of learning seem to be more powerful in producing academic achievement in students. The educational significance of standardized achievement test scores is challenged as inadequately representing the kind of criteria that should be used to appraise the quality of schooling or their effects upon students. A review of literature on minority achievement finds evidence of increased achievement by minority students working in integrated classrooms. A description of cooperative modes of education leads to the conclusion that, when compared with individualized methods, these modes appear to foster student achievement, to increase cross-ethnic friendships, and to improve students' self-esteem and positive attitudes toward other students in urban schools. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented to the Association of Teacher Educators Summer Workshop (Starkville, MS, August 9, 1988).