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ERIC Number: EJ784656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
The Impact of a Cooperative Learning Experience on Pupils' Popularity, Non-Cooperativeness, and Interethnic Bias in Multiethnic Elementary Schools
Oortwijn, Michiel Bastiaan; Boekaerts, Monique; Vedder, Paul; Fortuin, Janna
Educational Psychology, v28 n2 p211-221 Mar 2008
In this study we investigated popularity and perceived non-cooperativeness in multiethnic elementary schools. A sample of 94 pupils aged 10-12 years, from five multiethnic elementary schools, were divided into 26 teams and participated in a structured cooperative learning (SCL) curriculum of 11 lessons. Neither teachers nor pupils had prior SCL experience. The results show that SCL time increased popularity and decreased perceived non-cooperativeness across ethnic backgrounds. In addition, experience with SCL enhanced the popularity of immigrant pupils and decreased differences in perceived non-cooperativeness between immigrant and non-immigrant pupils. Importantly, SCL time only raised popularity and decreased perceived non-cooperativeness within ethnically heterogeneous teams. This last result extends the notion that enduring interethnic contact is fruitful for interethnic friendships. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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