ERIC Number: ED375517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Cooperative Learning in Graduate Education: A Study of Its Effectiveness in Administrator Training in Two California Universities.
Hughes, H. Woodrow; Townley, Arthur J.
This paper presents findings from a study that explored students' perceptions of cooperative learning strategies used in educational administration classes. Specifically, the study sought to determine whether students perceived the strategies to be more effective than traditional methods in increasing their knowledge and retention and in improving their decision-making, communication, human relations, and group-process skills. During phase 1 in Spring 1993, questionnaires were sent to 74 students who had completed a graduate class in school business management or the principalship at California State University at San Bernardino. Questionnaires were sent to 60 students who had taken a leadership development course at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California during the second phase in January, 1994. Sixty-three and 41 responses, respectively, were received. Students at both universities perceived cooperative learning strategies to be effective in terms of improving their knowledge of subject matter and decision-making, human relations, communications, and academic skills. The positive ratings support findings of other research in which students rated cooperative learning experiences more positively than competitive ones. The appendix describes various cooperative learning techniques. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Communication Skills, Cooperative Learning, Decision Making Skills, Educational Administration, Experiential Learning, Graduate Study, Group Dynamics, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Higher Education, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Self Directed Groups
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (Indian Wells, CA, August 1994).