ERIC Number: ED381442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Enhancing Social Studies Achievement among Hispanic Students Using Cooperative Learning Work Groups.
Lampe, Judith R.; Rooze, Gene E.
This paper reports on a 12-week study of 131 students in eight fourth-grade social studies classrooms in two elementary schools in the southwestern United States with low socioeconomic, high minority populations. Although research has indicated that cooperative learning enhances student achievement, promotes self-esteem, and improves interpersonal relations, few studies have focused on cooperative learning in elementary social studies. There is a close affinity between the goals of citizenship education and social skills promoted by cooperative learning. This investigation determined differences between achievement and self-esteem of Hispanic fourth-graders who received instruction using cooperative learning or traditional instruction. Results indicated higher achievement favoring cooperative learning and higher self-esteem for males regardless of treatment. Making connections between social studies goals and cooperative learning offers a valuable tool for improving social studies education. Contains 26 references. (Author/EH)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Grade 4, Group Activities, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Intermediate Grades, Learning Strategies, Self Directed Groups, Small Group Instruction, Social Status, Student Participation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).