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Cooperative learning in mathematics

1 August 1993


This study investigated the effects of the use of cooperative learning on eighth grade General Math students. The students in the study were in the lowest mathematical ability level taught at grade eight. Class size ranged from a high of 22 to a low of 17 during the course of the study. Cooperative learning activities and formats were used. Data on the effects of cooperative learning was gathered through observations, surveys, interviews, and journal writing. Students felt their understanding of math was better because. they helped one another. The extent of on task behavior seemed to be a product of individual student motivation for a given day. However, the desire to complete work in class did improve during the course of the study. Student interaction was related to the composition of the groups and on the emotions of individuals. It was concluded that cooperative learning with this sample of students was most effective when the activity involved a game or manipulatives.


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