Cooperative Work Groups and Computer-Learning Research Proposal by Nicky

Presents a research proposal and an extensive literature review to investigate the efficacy of cooperative work groups (CWG) and computer-supported-collaborative-learning (CSCL).
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This paper proposes a research project to evaluate the statement that cooperative work groups (CWG) cannot produce the desired results if technology and advanced electronic and similar teaching tools are not accessible to students in a computer-supported-collaborative-learning (CSCL)environment. Since CWG was initiated in the 1970s, the author relates a literature review to update knowledge of this teaching method and philosophy including it strength and weaknesses and its relationship to CSCL. The paper includes a discussion of research methodology and its application to this project.

Table of Contents:
Research Questions
Significance of the Study
Literature Review
Cooperative Work Groups
Designing and Implementing Cooperative Work Groups (CWG)
Instruction of the Interpersonal Abilities
Constructive Inter-reliance
Individual Responsibility
Group Management
Preparing a Component of CWG
The Execution of a Successful CWG
Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)
Use of CSCL in the Modern Classrooms
POSITIVE IMPACT of CSCL on Both Students and Teachers
Implications of CSCL Strategies on Student Performance
Implications of CSCL Strategies on Student Attitude
Implications of CSCL Strategies on Student Satisfaction
Certain Limitations of Using CSCL in Modern Classrooms
Concluding Remarks for Literature Review
Research Philosophy
Research Approach
Research Type and Time Line
Data Collection Methods
Qualitative and Quantitative Method
Qualitative and Quantitative Validity
Research Design
The Hypotheses
Sampling Strategy
Data Analysis
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis

From the Paper:

"The foundation of the social interdependence principles lies in the belief that the phenomenon of cooperation is an aftermath of the positive ideas and approach of students towards the completion of a similar goal. Kurt Koffka, a psychologist form Gestalt, in his analyses early in the 1900s explained that while the groups of students are vibrant and energetic, the interdependence between the group members is diverse and inconsistent. Kurt Lewin (1948) explained that that interdependence created from having similar objectives becomes the sole reason of existence for the group and allows that group to act as a "dynamic whole"."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alavi, M. (1994). Computer-mediated collaborative learning: An empirical evaluation. MIS Quarterly, 18(2), 159-174.
  • Bannon, L., & Bodker, S. (1991). Beyond the interface: Encountering artifacts in use. In J. Carroll (Ed.), Designing interaction: Psychology at the human-computer interface. NY: Cambridge U.P.
  • Bligh, D.A. (1972). What's the use of lectures. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin.
  • Bok, D. (1986). Higher learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.
  • Boyer, E.L. (1987). Toward school-college collaboration. Thought and Action, 3(2), 7-18

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