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ERIC Number: ED450396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-15
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Action Research Report.
Horner, Dale H.
A study examined how to increase active participation in a language arts class, based on the belief that such an increase would lead to better test scores and better learning. Subjects included a class of 30 homogeneously grouped accelerated sixth grade students, which meets five days a week for 90-minute periods. During the study, the class was regrouped using cooperative learning groups. Results indicated that: (1) cooperative learning groups could be used to teach language arts effectively; (2) working in such groups promotes active participation in class; (3) there is a direct correlation between the increases in test scores and active class participation; (4) students feel they learn more when working in cooperative learning groups; and (5) students were more willing to assume a leadership role when only a few students were involved. Findings suggest that cooperative learning groups work to increase active participation and lessen the competition between students. Further research should determine whether cooperative learning will result in higher test scores when used with a heterogeneously mixed group. (EF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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