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Cooperative learning at the society subject in the combined class of 4th and 5th grades

Katjuša Šlibar Nemec (2019) Cooperative learning at the society subject in the combined class of 4th and 5th grades. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    The MA thesis introduces the characteristics of cooperative learning and combined classes. The theoretical part discusses cooperative learning, its meaning and key principles and structure of tasks in more detail. Then combined classes are defined further. The role of the teacher and the pupil in the combined class are introduced and parallels between cooperative learning and combined classes are established. Special emphasis has been placed on combined classes of Social Studies in 4th and 5th grades and the possibility of introducing cooperative learning. The empirical part focuses on the opinions and experiences of teachers of combined classes about cooperative learning and its use. For the purpose of the study, a survey was created and distributed to teachers of combined classes. The questions focused on their understanding of cooperative learning, where they learned about it, what their training of it was, how often they include it and for which topics, why they do or do not include it, which cooperative methods they use most often, what are their goals in using cooperative learning, how much it is used in Social Studies, which Social Studies topics it can be used with, what are its advantages and disadvantages, and what issues occur using it. The teachers also had to answer questions about which combined classes they teach or have taught, how much knowledge they have about combined classes from their studies, and in which combined classes they use cooperative learning the most. The results show that most of the surveyed teachers agree with the definition of cooperative learning by C. Peklaj, who states that cooperative learning is learning in small groups where work is set out in such a way that there is a positive connection between group members, using direct learning interaction to achieve a common goal. This group work maintains the responsibility of individual team members. Teachers who use cooperative learning have most often learned about it in study groups. The goals of introducing cooperative learning are to get the pupils familiar with cooperation and encourage participation of each individual pupil. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages or limitations. Cooperative learning is no exception. The teachers see the primary advantages as increased student participation, higher impact of the class, increased awareness of the responsibility of the group to attain common goals, and better cooperation and improved relationships between the pupils. The teachers also highlighted some disadvantages, which are higher workload for the teachers, increased time required for implementation, and inactivity of some pupils. Some teachers do not use cooperative learning in their classes and the most common reason for that is them not being familiar with it. The research shows that 4th and 5th grade Social Studies teachers often use cooperative learning. It can be used in all topics. It is especially frequently used for historical topics, topics about Slovenia, its landscape and family life. Cooperative learning is used both in same-topic and different-topic combined classes.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: cooperative learning, combined class, social studies
    Number of Pages: 127
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    prof. dr. Milena Valenčič ZuljanMentor
    doc. dr. Irena HerganComentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12487497
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5797
    Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 11:33
    Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 11:33
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5797

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