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ERIC Number: EJ854268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
Developing Understanding and Social Skills through Cooperative Learning
Ferrer, Lourdes M.
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v27 n2 p45-61 2004
This study has two parallel research agenda: (1) the development of social skills and pedagogical content knowledge in teacher candidates as they work collaboratively in pairs, and (2) the development of conceptual understanding and social skills in elementary school students who are taught by teacher candidates with cooperative learning orientation. The extent of pedagogical content knowledge gained from the collaborative work by the teacher candidates was compared with those working individually. The social skills gained from collaboration were assessed through the use of observation rubrics and a checklist. The same checklist was used to rate the elementary students' participation as they carried out the science activities provided by the teacher candidates. Student understanding of the science concepts in the lessons taught was assessed by a test. Results show that success, in terms of enhanced understanding and social skills development, was associated with varying levels of cognitive complexity of the lessons and higher levels of accountability. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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