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Education Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 431542, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/431542
Research Article

Implementation of Cooperative Learning in Science: A Developmental-cum-Experimental Study

Faculty of Education, Dayalbagh Educational Institute Deemed University, Agra 282005, India

Received 30 January 2014; Revised 19 May 2014; Accepted 7 June 2014; Published 17 July 2014

Academic Editor: Eric Z. F. Liu

Copyright © 2014 Sonam Mehta and A. K. Kulshrestha. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This research paper is designed to set forth ideas on how to implement cooperative learning and examine its effect on social and cooperative skills while imparting science education at the Secondary Level. The strategy used is Jigsaw Technique making heterogeneous groups based on intelligence and gender. Instructional material and observation schedule were constructed by researchers. The cooperative skills of the students were found improving during the experimental period, and they developed positive interdependence, face-to-face interaction skills, and feeling of individual accountability, as compared by Mann Whitney U test. The students developed the feeling of working in a group in the classroom of science, and it also improved performance, as the discussion always leads to a considerable degree of clarity of concepts.