Group composition of cooperative learning: Does heterogeneous grouping work in Asian classrooms?

Pham, Thi Hong Thanh and Gillies, Robyn (2010) Group composition of cooperative learning: Does heterogeneous grouping work in Asian classrooms?. International Education Studies, 3 3: 12-19.

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Author Pham, Thi Hong Thanh
Gillies, Robyn
Title Group composition of cooperative learning: Does heterogeneous grouping work in Asian classrooms?
Journal name International Education Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1913-9020
1913-9039
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 3
Issue 3
Start page 12
End page 19
Total pages 8
Place of publication Toronto, Canada
Publisher Canadian Center of Science and Education
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Constructing an appropriate group is important to teamwork success. Although, heterogeneous grouping is widely recommended in Western countries, this method of grouping is questioned in Asian classrooms because Asian and Western students have different cultures of learning. Unfortunately, this issue has not been addressed in any research to date. This study aims to investigate how Vietnamese students should be grouped so that they can maximize their opportunities to learn. The study is in two parts: a pilot study and an intervention. The pilot study included twenty students and was conducted for four weeks. The intervention consisted of one hundred and forty five students and lasted for eight weeks. In both studies, students answered a questionnaire survey and ten students were interviewed. The results of both studies showed that friendship grouping was more preferred. Future researchers should take these findings into consideration so that cooperative learning activities can be designed adaptively in Asian classrooms.
Keyword Cooperative learning
Grouping
Friendship groups
Learning cultures
Mixed-ability groups
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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