ERIC Number: ED413946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Cooperative Learning: A Catalyst for Change in the College Classroom. Final Report.
Hill, Susan S.
In order to address the problems of student success, student retention, and an improved sense of community among students and faculty, Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) implemented a three-year project of cooperative learning. The FCCJ Cooperative Learning Project, funded from 1993-1996, focused on changing the culture of the college classroom. Faculty were provided with several levels of intensive training in cooperative learning strategies. FCCJ faculty and students participated in systematic data collection in order to measure the impact and effectiveness of cooperative learning environments. In addition, the Southeastern Center for Cooperative Learning was established at FCCJ in order to provide on-going research on cooperative learning environments and provide ongoing training. The Cooperative Learning Program has proven to be a cost effective means of reforming the classroom and improving student outcomes. Overall, students preferred cooperative learning over traditional methods. They demonstrated significant gains in achievement, retention in the classroom, critical thinking skills, improved teamwork skills, and an increased sense of community between students and faculty, demonstrating the value of cooperative learning. Appendices include the faculty development model, student survey, Center information, presentations, grant information, and a summative evaluation report. (YKH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Community Colleges, Cooperative Learning, Faculty Development, Instructional Improvement, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Resource Centers, School Holding Power, Teacher Student Relationship, Thinking Skills, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Florida Community Coll., Jacksonville.