Date Approved

6-30-2004

Embargo Period

4-26-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Madden, Marjorie E.

Subject(s)

Coeducation; Fourth grade (Education); Group work in education; Science--Study and teaching (Elementary)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the effects of different-sex and same-sex cooperative learning groups on the achievement of fourth grade students. The subjects for this study are nineteen fourth grade students in a regular education classroom in a southern New Jersey elementary school. The students worked in cooperative learning groups during science period. The academic performance of the same-sex cooperative learning groups and the different-sex cooperative learning groups was assessed through student artifacts/work, anecdotal notes/observations, teacher research journal, and a student end-of-study questionnaire. A qualitative approach was used to analyze the data, which revealed that students in the same-sex cooperative learning groups most often achieved more than the students in the different-sex cooperative learning groups. The influence of gender, monitoring of cooperative learning groups, and student and teacher training are some implications that emerged from my study.

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