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ERIC Number: EJ1098390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Students' Preferences for Cooperative Learning Instructional Approaches: Considerations for College Teachers
Arra, Christopher T.; D'Antonio, Mark D.; D'Antonio, Mark, Jr.
Journal of Research in Education, v21 n1 p114-126 Spr 2011
Student acceptability of various teaching formats and techniques is an important factor for teachers to consider in determining their usage and effectiveness. Cooperative learning is a technique that is utilized by teachers from elementary through higher education. The present study compared the acceptability of three cooperative learning techniques: Think-Pair-Share, Three-Step Interview, and Roundtable. Eighty-six college students were first exposed to all three distinct cooperative learning techniques and then asked to rate the acceptability of each. Students completed both quantitative and qualitative assessment measures. Quantitative results showed that students significantly preferred the Roundtable technique over the Think-Pair-Share and Three-Step Interview techniques. The qualitative analysis included highlighted themes such as frequency of use and preference of approach. Considerations for college teachers were also discussed.
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Preferences, College Students, Intermode Differences, Learning Activities, Questionnaires, Transfer of Training, Educational Practices, Mixed Methods Research, Community Colleges, Likert Scales
Eastern Educational Research Association. George Watson, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, College of Education and Professional Development, Huntington, WV 25755. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.eeraorganization.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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