ERIC Number: EJ1061943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
The Nexus between the Above-Average Effect and Cooperative Learning in the Classroom
Breneiser, Jennifer E.; Monetti, David M.; Adams, Katharine S.
Educational Research Quarterly, v36 n2 p43-62 Dec 2012
The present study examines the above-average effect (Chambers & Windschitl, 2004; Moore & Small, 2007) in assessments of task performance. Participants completed self-estimates of performance and group estimates of performance, before and after completing a task. Participants completed a task individually and in groups. Groups were self-selected by participants, or randomly assigned by the researchers. Previous research examined the above-average effect in performance self-estimates for individuals, but little has been done examining the above-average effect in group performance. Results indicated robust above-average effects for both individual and group estimates of performance, and these effects were not limited by group type. Furthermore, above-average effects were observed for estimates of performance both before and after completion of the task, suggesting that participants were not more accurate in their post-task estimates. In addition to these data, results of a group-work survey administered to participants are disseminated, suggesting some practical applications for group work in the college classroom setting.
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Performance, Group Activities, Accuracy, Academic Achievement, Undergraduate Students, Self Concept, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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