Honors Projects


Sarah MillerFollow


Cooperative learning groups help students develop twenty-first century skills. Teachers may choose to constantly change the memberships of the cooperative learning groups so that students rarely work with the same people or teachers may choose to use a home group structure in that students always work with the same people. In this action research with two fifth grade math and science classes, it was found that most students enjoyed working with short-term groups and long-lasting home groups, but there was a large minority of students who did not enjoy working with their home groups following the three-month time period that the home groups were in existence. Nevertheless, most of the students in the groups that worked as cooperative learning groups enjoyed working in their groups; whereas, more of the students in groups that did not work as cooperative learning groups did not enjoy working as much in their groups. In addition, in both the group structures, the majority of students were comfortable asking their group members questions and helped their group members with questions they had.




Middle Childhood Education

First Advisor

Dr. Debra Gallagher

First Advisor Department


Second Advisor

Paul Wesley Alday

Second Advisor Department


Publication Date

Spring 4-14-2017