Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan


Cooperative Learning methods are reviewed compared to traditional teaching methods in grades 6-12. Grades 6-12 present a time when students are beginning to explore careers and understanding their niche in the world of work. The research question centers on does cooperative learning contribute to greater student achievement than traditional learning. Five key student success markers were explored, including: self-efficacy, achievement, cater to diverse learners, collaboration, and promoting critical thinking to answer the research question. Many cooperative learning method experts’ methods were looked into including Teams Games Tournaments (TGT), Think Pair Share, (TPS), Student Team Achievement Division (STAD), Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), Numbered Heads Together (NHT), Problem Based Learning (PBL), Jigsaw, Co op Co op, Reading-Concept-Map-Timed-Pair-Share (Remap-TmPs) model, Learning Together, Line@, Activity Based, and Collaborative Argumentation. Cooperative Learning methods were analyzed using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Analysis of Covariance (ANOVA), and SPSS 15.0 statistical software to determine, in most studies that cooperative learning methods are more effective in student learning than traditional methods. Commonalities were found in researchers focus to provide the reader with a better understanding of why cooperative learning works so well in grades 6-12 across the world.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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