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ERIC Number: ED307703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Pages: 20
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Fostering a Belief in Destiny by Experiencing Success in School for At-Risk Students.
Harris, Diane J.; And Others
This study was designed to compare (on locus of control and several achievement variables) middle school students who have been instructed for two semesters in a cooperative learning study skills class with those who have been instructed for two semesters in a competitive study skills class. Seventy-six eighth graders were given a semester of instruction in a cooperative learning program that developed study skills using graphic organizers and process writing activities. An additional 34 students were given a traditional study skills class that was part of a larger, district-level competitive program. A total of 128 students completed a locus-of-control scale. Their academic grades from language arts, history, geography, study skills, mathematics, and science classes were gathered. Of the students who were instructed in the cooperative learning study skills classes, those who were internally oriented achieved higher grades in the academic block, competitive classes. Of the students instructed in the competitive study skills classes, those who were externally oriented tended to achieve higher grades in the academic block, competitive classes. Externally oriented students tended to achieve higher grades in the first semester competitive model language arts class. Internally oriented students tended to achieve higher grades in history in the cooperative academic block classes. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California