ERIC Number: ED359717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Cooperative Learning and Gifted Students: A National Survey. Short Report.
Coleman, Mary Ruth; And Others
The study summarized in this report was designed to explore some questions concerning the application of cooperative learning for gifted students. A survey of 301 educators belonging to either gifted education or cooperative learning associations found that the two groups held strongly differing views. Members of the gifted education group were more likely to feel that the curriculum used in cooperative learning is often not challenging enough for gifted students, that little evaluation of cooperative learning involving gifted students has been done, and that gifted students resent being placed in the role of "junior teacher." Members of the cooperative learning group were more likely to feel that gifted students develop critical social and leadership skills in cooperative learning environments, that gifted students develop higher self-esteem by being team leaders in cooperative learning groups, and that cooperative learning is a strategy which enables teachers to educate all students. Both groups agreed that teachers need more preparation in appropriate uses of cooperative learning with gifted students and that cooperative learning strategies might be used to eliminate ability grouping. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Gifted Education Policy Studies Program.
Note: For the full report, see ED 355 675.