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ERIC Number: ED408080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
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Improving Learner Responsibility by Utilizing Thinking Strategies and Cooperative Learning.
McGee, Kathleen A.; Powell, Joyce M.
This project involved an approach that allowed students to take on greater responsibility for learning by using collaborative skills and habits of mind which resulted in better awareness of their own thinking. The targeted population consisted of students in growing upper-middle class suburban communities, located west of Chicago, Illinois. The two groups of students were a self-contained fifth grade class and a special needs sixth grade class that is mainstreamed for a portion of the day. Analysis of the probable cause data revealed that students lacked positive self-perception of social skills in a learning environment. Further analysis suggested that students lacked a feeling of security and did not display positive attitudes or take ownership of their learning. A review of the research literature suggested the following strategies: introducing productive habits of mind, helping students understand positive attitudes and perceptions about learning, and instructing students to understand and use acceptable social skills in cooperative learning. Results indicated that the intervention was successful in improving learner confidence and responsibility. (Contains 28 appendices, which present data collection instruments and project materials. Contains 42 references.) (WJC)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Learning Strategies, Metacognition, Positive Reinforcement, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Skill Development, Special Needs Students, Student Attitudes, Student Responsibility, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University.