Does Cooperative Learning Enhance Student Achievement?
Oxford University Press
We incorporated a cooperative learning strategy into an instrumentation course for juniors who were enrolled in a medical technology program. We analyzed examination scores from 143 students to determine whether student achievement improved following implementation of cooperative learning. Results from this 9-year study are inconsistent. A statistical difference (P <.05) was found among students who took a second in-class examination in a group setting compared with those who took it independently. No statistical significance was noted, however, between scores on the final examination and the manner in which the test was taken. Implementation of cooperative learning for this course did not increase student scores significantly on every examination. No decrease in scores was noted, either. Cooperative learning has been instrumental in preparing our graduates to become team players in their professional roles.