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ERIC Number: ED353925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 15
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The Effects of Changing the Criteria for STAD Team Awards at Midterm: Two Parallel Experiments.
Gnagey, William J.; Ostrowski, Kimberly
This study examined the effects of two variations of the Student Teams Achievement Divisions (STAD) on university students. STAD is a system of cooperative learning which features small heterogeneous teams of 4-6 members who tutor each other on the material in the course and prepare each other for weekly quizzes. Students take the quizzes individually but are awarded bonus points on the basis of the team's mean performance. Rather than awarding bonus points to the teams with the highest average quiz scores which worked in favor of teams with more bright, motivated students, this study looked at the effect of awarding mean improvement points to those teams that showed the highest average improvement scores. Bonus points were awarded for highest average score for the first half of the semester and bonus points for highest average improvement were awarded in the second half. Participants were 158 students in 2 undergraduate psychology courses. Results under the two systems found that using mean improvement points instead of mean quiz scores to award team bonus points was not a robust enough variable to materially affect either the students' achievement or their evaluation of the course. (Also includes seven tables, and a course rating scale.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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