Capstone/Dissertation Title

Cooperative learning instruction for elementary English language learners from collectivist influenced cultures in the American classroom

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research question addressed is, what cooperative learning strategies will help meet the cultural needs of elementary school English Language Learners (ELLs) from collectivist influenced cultures? Most ELL students come from cultures that are more collectivist or group-oriented in nature than the American school systems in which they are a part of. The capstone explores cooperative learning and second language acquisition research findings, cooperative learning strategies compatible with collectivist influenced ELLs, a two week literature unit that implements the noted strategies, and the implications of using collectivism as an asset and learning tool in the classroom.

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