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Cooperative Learning in a Community College Setting: Developmental Coursework in Mathematics

Abstract This action research study, set in a community college in the southwestern United States, was designed to investigate the effects of implementing cooperative learning strategies in a developmental mathematics course. Introductory algebra was formerly taught in a lecture based format, and as such regularly had a low course completion rate. To create a more engaging learning environment, formal and informal cooperative learning activities were integrated into the curriculum. Bandura's self-efficacy theory, Vygotsky's constructivist theory, and Deutsch's social interdependence theory guided this study. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected through pre and post self-efficacy surveys, semi-structured student interviews, st... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Rivera, Natalie (Author) / Zambo, Ron (Advisor) / Jimenez, Rosa (Committee member) / Rivera, Reynaldo (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Higher education / Mathematics education / Adult education / Community college / Cooperative learning / Developmental education
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 96 pages
Language English
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Note Ed.D. Leadership and Innovation 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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