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ERIC Number: ED405031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 20
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Depth by Doing: Cooperative Research Projects in Social Psychology.
O'Quin, Karen
In an effort to enhance students' understanding of research, a collaborative learning approach was employed in an upper division social psychology course at State University of New York's College at Buffalo. Students worked together in small groups to develop hypotheses, design simple correlational studies, and interpret results, while each student also wrote two individual papers. At the end of the semester, students rated their own and other members' contributions to the group project, as well as the effectiveness of the group experience and the project itself. An analysis of evaluations completed in two subsequent semesters, involving a total of 84 students, indicated the following: (1) a significant positive relationship was found between ratings of groups members' contributions and ratings of the group experience, particularly with respect to helpfulness and usefulness; (2) while students with better grades rated themselves as contributing more to their groups, other group members did not generally give higher ratings to their level of contribution; and (3) group size was negatively related to perceived usefulness of the group, with subjects in larger groups receiving lower ratings from others in their groups. Includes tables of project results. The project assignment, grading form, and evaluation instrument are appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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