What type of cooperative learning has the best results / Educational Outcomes?
Eckley, Mary E.
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SubjectEducation, Cooperative.; Ability grouping in education.; Mixed ability grouping in education.
In researching cooperative learning, examining different types of grouping and group sizes will help teachers prepare to meet the needs of different students. In the classroom learning can happen when students work individually, in pairs, or in groups of three or more students. When choosing what size groups to use in the classroom it is crucial to look at the ability levels of the students in the classroom; this will help in deciding to use heterogeneous grouping or homogeneous grouping. Allowing students to work with others of different abilities levels and/or the same abilities levels can help in learning development. For this particular study the research was done using heterogeneous grouping and homogeneous grouping, with groups of three or more students. This study showed that for this particular groups of students involved in the research they performed best working in heterogeneous groups rather than homogeneous groups.
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