ERIC Number: ED347050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Motivational Patterns in Non-Science Majors Related to Learning Physics.
Peters, William H.; Stuessy, Carol L.
Small-group cooperative learning was integrated into a physics class to alter the traditional lecture/laboratory format of the course and to provide support for students' feelings of helplessness and isolation in studying physics. At weekly meetings, groups of 4-6 students met to solve physics homework problems assigned during the traditional lecture of the course. Weekly journals kept by individuals in the cooperative learning groups were used to acquire information about the attitudes and general functioning of each of the groups. This paper describes the affective outcomes associated with incorporating small-group cooperative learning in the second semester of a pilot phase of a college physics course. This course was designed for non-science majors, most of whom are female and taking the course as one of the requirements for elementary teacher certification. Included are the theoretical framework, design and procedure, results, discussion, conclusions, and implications for further study. (KR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (14th, San Antonio, TX, January 25, 1991).