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ERIC Number: EJ814235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
Creating Cooperative Classrooms: Effects of a Two-Year Staff Development Program
Krol, Karen; Sleegers, Peter; Veenman, Simon; Voeten, Marinus
Educational Studies, v34 n4 p343-360 Oct 2008
In this study, the implementation effects of a staff development program on cooperative learning (CL) for Dutch elementary school teachers were studied. A pre-test-post-test non-equivalent control group design was used to investigate program effects on the instructional behaviours of teachers. Based on observations of teacher behaviour during cooperative lessons, a statistically significant treatment effect was found for the following instructional behaviours: structuring positive interdependence, individual accountability, social skills and evaluation of the group process. Training effects were also found for the combination of CL with the model of direct instruction and the activation of prior knowledge of social skills. Moreover, teachers in the experimental group scored statistically significantly higher than the teachers in the control group on the activation of prior academic knowledge. (Contains 6 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands