Promoting peer acceptance in the classroom: an evaluation of a cooperative learning intervention in a mainstream primary school

Craig, Jonathan (2010) Promoting peer acceptance in the classroom: an evaluation of a cooperative learning intervention in a mainstream primary school. DAppEdPsy thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This study evaluates the effectiveness of a Cooperative Learning intervention upon the mean peer acceptance levels of all children (N=54) within two Year four classes in a mainstream primary school in the North West of England.

A pre-test post-test non equivalent groups quasi-experimental design is employed, with the dependent variable, peer acceptance, measured by the 'Social Inclusion Survey' and the 'Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire'.

Inferential analysis in the form of 'Gain Score Analysis' supports the initial hypotheses, demonstrating that children within the experimental group were, on average, significantly more accepted at post-test by both their same sex and opposite sex peers, in relation to both the 'work' and 'play' contexts, than children within the no intervention control group. Furthermore, children within the experimental group self-reported, on average, significantly greater levels of 'prosocial behaviour' and significantly reduced 'peer problems' at post-test than children in the control group.

It is concluded that the Cooperative Learning intervention employed for this study may be considered effective in enhancing mean peer acceptance levels, reducing 'peer problems' and enhancing 'prosocial behaviours' within the context in which this study was conducted.

Methodological limitations, ethical concerns and implications for future research and professional practice are also considered.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (DAppEdPsy)
Supervisors: Durbin, N.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1024 Teaching
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Item ID: 13523
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2013 10:06
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 00:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/13523

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