Effects of group work training on science attainment in rural and urban schools

Thurston, A., Topping, K.J., Christie, D., Donaldson, C., Howe, C.J., Jessiman, E., Livingston, K. and Tolmie, A. (2008) Effects of group work training on science attainment in rural and urban schools. Research in Science & Technological Education, 26(1), pp. 31-45. (doi:10.1080/02635140701847462)

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Abstract

This study investigated the effects of collaborative group work skills training on pupil attainment in science. Twenty‐four experimental classes were drawn from schools in rural and urban settings. Pupils in experimental classrooms engaged in general group work skills training and two structured group work activities in science. Attainment was assessed using the Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS) instrument. Significant gains in science attainment were observed in the experimental urban and rural classes. Significant changes in observed group work behaviours were observed in both urban and rural classes. Changes in group work behaviour were correlated to increased science attainment. The implications for practice, policy and future research are explore

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Livingston, Professor Kay
Authors: Thurston, A., Topping, K.J., Christie, D., Donaldson, C., Howe, C.J., Jessiman, E., Livingston, K., and Tolmie, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy Policy and Practice
Journal Name:Research in Science & Technological Education
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0263-5143
ISSN (Online):1470-1138
Published Online:11 March 2008

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