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ERIC Number: EJ832093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1609-4913
Cooperative Learning: Exploring Its Effectiveness in the Physics Classroom
Ho, Fui Fong; Boo, Hong Kwen
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v8 n2 Article 7 Dec 2007
This paper reports on the results of an action research to explore the effectiveness of using cooperative learning strategies on students' academic achievement, their understanding of physics concepts and their motivation to learn in the physics classroom. The study involved a secondary four express physics class of 41 students in a neighbourhood school. Various cooperative learning structures were used to teach the topics on "Current Electricity" and "D.C. Circuits" over a period of about 8 weeks. During this period, teacher-crafted pre- and post-intervention tests were administered to the class. A questionnaire survey was used to examine students' motivation to learn and perceptions of their learning experiences before and after the treatment period. A class using traditional method of teaching was also involved in the study as a control. The effects of using cooperative learning on students' academic achievement and their motivation to learn were examined through the analysis of the results of the pre- and post-tests and students' perception surveys, while the extent of using cooperative learning on helping students achieve a better understanding of physics concepts was examined through the qualitative analysis of the students' journals. The results showed that the use of cooperative learning does increase students' academic achievement helps students to achieve a better understanding of physics concepts and increases students' motivation to learn. (Contains 4 tables, 3 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore