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|Project Small Group Learning|
Prof. Dr. Elke Sumfleth
Chemistry Department, Institute of Chemistry Education
|S H O R T D E S C R I P T I O N
Applicant for grant: Prof. Dr. Elke Sumfleth
Assistants in Project: Isabel Wahser, Maik Walpuski
Project periode: 10/2003-09/2006
A preceding study by Sumfleth and Wild investigated whether the use of a co-operative learning strategy through complex and open-ended investigative tasks is more effective in changing students’ everyday concepts to scientific concepts in chemistry than direct instruction. They found that the intervention group showed a slightly higher increase in learning than the control group although several problems in the intervention group occurred. While the teacher in the control group collects the relevant ideas of the students and corrects mistakes during experimentation, the students of the intervention group are often unable to identify and correct their own mistakes while working alone. As a consequence it can be said that cooperative teaching does now only little benefit from the advantages of conventional teaching – that is, being well-structured and organised – and does have the potential to be improved.
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