An investigation of perceptions of Vietnamese teachers and students toward Cooperative Learning (CL)

Pham, Thi Hong Thanh (2011) An investigation of perceptions of Vietnamese teachers and students toward Cooperative Learning (CL). International Education Studies, 4 1: 3-12.

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Author Pham, Thi Hong Thanh
Title An investigation of perceptions of Vietnamese teachers and students toward Cooperative Learning (CL)
Journal name International Education Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1913-9020
Publication date 2011-02
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 4
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 12
Total pages 10
Place of publication Canada
Publisher Canadian Center of Science and Education
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The present study examined how cooperative learning (CL) is implemented in Vietnamese classrooms, how local teachers' and students' perceived this approach to learning, and what were the local barriers that hindered its implementation. Forty teachers and forty students from twenty Vietnamese colleges completed a questionnaire about CL and follow-up interviews were conducted with ten students and ten teachers on their perceptions of this practice. The results showed that CL has become a common and preferred method of instruction in Vietnam. However, the functions of CL were often not understood correctly because the teachers and students maintained that CL mainly helped the students remember information rather than develop a deep understanding of the text they were studying. Responses also revealed that CL was hindered by a number of local cultural and institutional barriers such as class size, curriculum coverage and workload division. Future research may need to identify strategies to correct mismatches between CL principles and local barriers so that this approach to learning becomes more adaptive to the local context.
Keyword Vietnam
Cooperative learning
Cultural barriers
Institutional barriers
Q-Index Code C1
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