Cooperative Learning: Group Processing and Students Needs for Self-Worth and Belonging

  • Muriel F. Strahm

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine students’ perceptions of the extent to which reflection, a principle of cooperative learning, satisfied their needs for self-worth and belonging. Eight mature preuniversity students completed a scaled questionnaire and took part in a focus group interview following a 12-week preliminary study into the efficacy of reflection. Students perceived reflection as contributing to the satisfaction of their needs for self-worth and belonging. They also perceived reflection as contributing to their needs for acceptance. This was unexpected and is perhaps critical, as acceptance might be a condition of effective learning. Hence this article calls for further research into reflection in relation to acceptance and the role these play in contributing to effective learning and teaching.
Published
2007-04-01
Section
ARTICLES