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Thesis

Implications of cooperative learning upon the academic achievement and social development of mainstreamed students with special needs in elementary education

1 July 1994

Abstract

This study investigates and evaluates cooperative learning as an effective method of instruction for mainstreamed students with special needs, the social and academic benefits and drawbacks of cooperative learning in relation to students with special needs, and modifications of cooperative learning which must occur when including mainstreamed students with special needs. To understand the cooperative approach to educating mainstreamed students with special needs, a foundation of the history of special education and . cooperative learning is laid. The research base for cooperative learning as a method for instructing mainstreamed students with special needs is explored. Data is collected through personal interviews and observations. Presentation of the results and discussion reveal that the social and academic benefits of cooperative learning for mainstreamed students with special needs outweigh the drawbacks


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