ERIC Number: ED406241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Student Perspectives of Cooperative Learning Activities.
Kreke, Kelley; Towns, Marcy Hamby
This study explores what cooperative learning activities in an undergraduate chemistry course meant to the students. Cooperative learning activities were used throughout the course with one class session per week being entirely devoted to such activities. An analysis of field notes and a questionnaire completed by the students yielded three findings from the perspective of the students. First, these cooperative learning activities created a learning community characterized by intellectual challenge, support, and encouragement which promoted a warmer classroom climate. Second, the interaction between students facilitated the development of interpersonal skills and communication skills which lead to more meaningful learning. Third, these activities gave the students tools for learning the material. Contains 31 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Oak Brook, IL, March, 1997).