ERIC Number: EJ1063409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
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Absent and Accounted For: Absenteeism and Cooperative Learning
Koppenhaver, G. D.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v4 n1 p29-49 Jan 2006
In a small section collaborative learning environment where student work teams promote mutual learning about investments, students limit the opportunity to learn from other students if they are absent from class. Absenteeism not only denies the student the opportunity to learn from others but also denies other members of the student's work team the opportunity to learn from the absent student. Other team members' absenteeism should be costly for individual performance if collaborative learning fosters learning and retention. The research finds that while absenteeism is detrimental to the student's own performance, absenteeism of other team members from team activities has a significant negative effect on both individual exam and homework scores. The conclusions validate the benefits of active learning and of encouraging attendance in collaborative learning environments in all disciplines.
Descriptors: Attendance, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities, Performance, Scores, Active Learning
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