Capstone/Dissertation Title

In what ways will participating in cooperative learning groups impact the self-directed nature of students in high school mathematics

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, in what ways will participating in cooperative learning groups impact the self-directed nature of students in high school mathematics? The motivating factor for this capstone was the inability of freshman students to utilize their notes or textbook as a resource when completing homework. Key influences were the works of David Johnson, Roger Johnson and Spencer Kagan on cooperative learning. The case study includes a plan for development of efficient cooperative learning groups and the individual member responsibilities within them. Data referencing student-teacher interaction, student-student interaction, mathematical communication, homework strategies, group effectiveness and individual knowledge is presented. This capstone details the positives and negatives of cooperative learning groups and how effective they are in an algebra classroom.

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