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ERIC Number: ED438273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 26
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Cooperative Learning as a Form of Active Learning in Dutch Primary Schools.
Veenman, Simon; Kenter, Brenda; Post, Kiki
This study examined teachers' use and evaluation of cooperative learning along with students' reactions to cooperative grouping and the quality of the group cooperation in a sample of Dutch primary school teachers who implemented cooperative learning methods. Data collection involved teacher questionnaires, student questionnaires, and observation. Teachers reported that cooperative learning occurred in their classrooms about four times a week. They reported improvement in social skills, on-task behavior, and student self-esteem as a result of having students work in groups. The students reported a positive attitude toward cooperative group learning and rated their work in groups as effective. About half of the teachers reported problems with monitoring the cooperative groups. Observations showed the time-on-task levels of students working in groups to be high, but effective learning and cooperation was not promoted. The teachers devoted little time to teaching groupwork skills. In general, the implementation of cooperative grouping was found to lack the features recommended in the literature for effective cooperative learning. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands