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Cooperative learning in home economics

Martina Erjavšek (2013) Cooperative learning in home economics. Diploma thesis.

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    The purpose of the thesis is to present the various definitions of cooperative learning as it is explained in Slovene and foreign literature, and to present it practically in a housekeeping class of the sixth grade of elementary school. A total of 50 sixth-grade students cooperated in the study. The control group, in which frontal methods of teaching and explanation prevailed, consisted of 24 students, the experimental group, in which I introduced cooperative learning, included 26 students. I wanted to know which of the two groups would remember the subject better in short term, also I was interested in learning which one of the two groups would remember it for a longer period of time. I wanted to know what was the attitude of the students of the experimental group towards the students who are different, whether working in groups helps them overcome the fear of evaluation, and if group work helps them bridge the knowledge gap. With the help of worksheets that were completed by both groups of students, the experimental and the control group, I got the results, which suggest that the students of the control group remembered the subject better in short term, and they were also the ones to achieve better results 14 days after the discussion of the subject. With the questionnaire, which I gave the experimental group to answer, I found out that at cooperative learning students can better accept the disabled and students coming from different ethnic or racial groups. It turns out also that working in groups helps the students to overcome fear of evaluation, but unfortunately it does not help them bridge the knowledge gap. Moreover, I have learned that students do not know cooperative learning and have not developed collaborative skills, which suggests that teachers rarely use cooperative teaching in classroom.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: cooperative learning, group work, role of the teacher, collaborative skills
    Number of Pages: 67
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Verena KochMentor
    asist. dr. Francka Lovšin KozinaComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9670473)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education, Biotechnical Faculty
    Item ID: 1555
    Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 07:33
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 11:25
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1555

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