ERIC Number: ED309096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
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A Study of the Effects of a Cooperative Learning Program on the Achievement of Ninth Grade Multi-Cultural General Biology Classes.
Kinney, James H.
Black students, other minorities and white students can show significant increases in achievement in biology by using a cooperative learning model. Concentrating on cooperating with group members toward a common goal is the ingredient that makes this cooperative learning model work. This study was designed to investigate the effects of cooperative learning exercises on the achievement of ninth grade multi-cultural biology classes. The study was conducted over a two-year period. Results indicated that the experimental group plus seven of the eight experimental subgroups had higher mean scores on the post test. This indicated a consistent improvement in achievement, over the long term, for students using the cooperative learning model. The study also indicated that past cooperative group performance in one area may be used to predict future group performance in another. It indicated an importance to have one high achiever in each cooperative learning group. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Appendix B contains copyrighted material and has been pulled from this document. Paper presented to the Alexandria City, Virginia School Board regarding teaching techniques aimed at improving existing programs in this school division as per grant requirements.