Date of Award

6-1-1997

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Mark Bailey

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to explore how cooperative learning is
implemented in the classroom and to observe how students respond to this
method. I used previous research as a foundation from which to examine the
implementation of this method and its influence on a classroom of fourth
graders. The study took place in a fourth grade classroom located just outside
the city limits of a northwestern metropolis. Using qualitative research
methods, I collected data taking observational notes, using audio recordings,
reading student surveys and interviewing both the teacher and the students.
I concluded that cooperative learning lessons must encompass specific
essential elements in order to be successful. It is vital that teachers properly
implement the fundamental components that structure this learning
approach.

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