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ERIC Number: EJ1048390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Impact of Expert Teaching Quality on Novice Academic Performance in the Jigsaw Cooperative Learning Method
Berger, Roland; Hänze, Martin
International Journal of Science Education, v37 n2 p294-320 2015
We assessed the impact of expert students' instructional quality on the academic performance of novice students in 12th-grade physics classes organized in an expert model of cooperative learning ("jigsaw classroom"). The instructional quality of 129 expert students was measured by a newly developed rating system. As expected, when aggregating across all four subtopics taught, regression analysis revealed that academic performance of novice students increases with the quality of expert students' instruction. The difficulty of subtopics, however, moderates this effect: higher instructional quality of more difficult subtopics did not lead to better academic performance of novice students. We interpret this finding in the light of Cognitive Load Theory. Demanding tasks cause high intrinsic cognitive load and hindered the novice students' learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 12
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany