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Can Reearch on Peer Collaboration be Applied to Everyday School Work
Halmstad University, School of Teacher Education (LUT).
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper integrates and applies established findings from previous research into peer collaboration

to a realistic classroom situation in Swedish upper elementary school. The aim is to

survey the research literature and to replicate some of the potentially beneficial effects of peer

collaboration in an ‘ecologically valid’ setting, thus providing teachers with justifiable and

readily adoptable techniques. The study investigated the effect of collaborative problem solving

on students’ learning, where the conditions for collaboration were ‘optimised’ according

to previous findings with regard to ability, gender, task characteristics, and collaboration

strategy. Participants were 80 year 9 students (aged 15 years), who individually completed a

pre- and post-test comprising moderately complex diagram interpretation tasks. During the

experimental phase, students completed a similar task, either individually or collaboratively.

Students who collaborated were assigned to mixed-gender pairs using a ‘weak-strong’ heuristic,

based on pre-test results. Results indicated that lower-ability students collaborating with

higher-ability peers improved from pre-test to post-test, while higher-ability students regressed

significantly. Students working collaboratively did not perform significantly better

than did students working alone. Discussion extends beyond these findings to implications of

research on peer collaboration for teachers and students’ learning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högskolan i Halmstad/Sektionen för lärarutbildning (LUT) , 2007.
Keywords [en]
group work, mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-673Local ID: 2082/1015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-673DiVA, id: diva2:237891
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09 Last updated: 2007-05-09

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