M.S. in Teaching
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Madden, Marjorie E.
Coeducation; Fourth grade (Education); Group work in education; Science--Study and teaching (Elementary)
Elementary Education and Teaching
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.
Olshefski, Jennifer L., "The effect of different-sex and same-sex cooperative learning groups on achievement" (2004). Theses and Dissertations. 1208.