Evaluation Of A Cooperative Learning And Meaningful Group Work

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Jennifer Allard (2003), a high school calculus teacher from Fairfax County, Virginia, wanted to determine “Will direct instruction in cooperative learning and meaningful group work result in an increase in students’ desire to be part of trusting collaborative groups?” Allard (2003) had a former group four girls in AP calculus that studied together and became a bonded group inside and outside of the classroom. She noticed that the girls’ achievement in the course was increasing. The girls studied together, as well as encouraged one another to do their best while playing on each other’s strengths. The girls met after school and on weekends. It is not stated if the girls knew one another prior to the course. As a result, these four girls were able to pass the AP calculus exam. Allard (2003) wanted to see if this type of connected experience could be duplicated in a classroom: hence, her research question. Efron and Ravid (2013) state, “Research questions arise from local events, problems, and needs” (p. 5).
I chose to review this article because I teach mathematics to English Language Learners. Incorporating different cooperative learning strategies and group work into the lessons allows students to support one another and deepen student understanding. My current research question is “How will incorporating cooperative learning increase the number sense of my 6th grade students? It is my hope that after reviewing and analyzing the article, I will be able to implement a few…

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