Strengthening teaching effectiveness through cooperative learning activities

Elsa Selina Sanchez, Richard Craig

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Abstract

A variety of cooperative activities are part of the plant systematics course at The Pennsylvania State University: a learning fair hosted by the students enrolled in the course for elementary school students, applied laboratory examinations, and applied laboratory exercises. Each activity was constructed to engage students in the learning process as well as to aid in developing useful skills for future employment. A survey administered to students enrolled in the course from 2003 to 2005 revealed that most students "strongly agreed" or "agreed" that they liked working in cooperative groups and learned from other group members. Student participation in the lecture portion of the course increased as cooperative activities were completed. Organization and planning were vital to using these activities, as were small groups and adequate incentives for completing activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-257
Number of pages4
JournalHortTechnology
Volume17
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

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