Date Approved

5-11-2001

Embargo Period

5-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sernak, Kathleen S.

Subject(s)

South Main Street School (Pleasantville, N.J.); Fourth grade (Education); Group work in education; School children--Attitudes

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The intern conducted an action research project to evaluate the perceptions of fourth graders relative to working in cooperative learning teams in their reading classes. The target population were 38 fourth graders from South Main Street School who are presently involved in Success For All, a cooperative learning program. The intern wanted to determine whether the target students perceived the cooperative learning experience as being positive or negative, and whether this perception impacted on their learning. The intern utilized the survey as the major instrument for data collection. The students were interviewed as well. The intern utilized mean scores to determine the significance of the data.

The intern concluded that the students have a positive perception of cooperative learning. Their positive attitude indicates that they believe cooperative learning is beneficial to their learning.

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