Cooperative learning and peer acceptance of students with learning disabilities.

Putnam J, Markovchick K, Johnson DW, Johnson RT
J Soc Psychol. 1996 136 (6): 741-52

PMID: 9043203 · DOI:10.1080/00224545.1996.9712250

The effects of cooperative learning on 417 regular-education students, acceptance of 41 of their special-education classmates were examined in an 8-month study. The participants were in Grades 5-8 in 21 classes in 2 U.S. schools. The 3 conditions were cooperative learning and competitive learning, taught by the same teachers, and competitive learning, taught by a random sample of teachers. In October and in May, the regular-education students rated each classmate's desirability as a work partner. The students' peer ratings were generally very stable, for both their regular-education classmates and their special-education classmates. Positive changes in peer ratings for both types of classmates occurred more frequently in the cooperative-learning condition than in the competitive-learning conditions.

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Adolescent Child Competitive Behavior Cooperative Behavior Disabled Persons Education, Special Female Humans Learning Disorders Mainstreaming (Education) Male Peer Group Social Behavior Sociometric Techniques

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