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ERIC Number: EJ890550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1715-2461
How Effective Is the Jigsaw Method when Used to Introduce New Science Curricula in Middle School Science?
Dollard, Mark W.; Mahoney, Kate
Ontario Action Researcher, v10 n3 Article 3 2010
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of the Jigsaw method, a cooperative learning tool, on content knowledge and attitude toward learning science. A group of 64 students in an 8th grade physical science class located in rural western New York participated in this study. As an intervention for this action research study, science content was introduced using the Jigsaw method. Research design included a quasi-experimental approach with control group. Methodology included pre and post-assessments of content knowledge and attitude. In addition, a teacher log was kept of observations throughout the experience. The achievement gain made by the control and experimental groups was essentially the same and in general, the attitudes towards learning were higher using the frontal method. However, the experimental group expressed they felt more important and had more opportunity to participate in class. It is recommended the intervention be repeated with one to two weeks of training students how to use the Jigsaw method before data is collected. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York