Title

Vocabulary and Word Acquisition Through Cooperative Learning

Date of Award

Winter 12-19-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Courtney LaLonde

Keywords

cooperative learning, elementary education, vocabulary

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how cooperative learning techniques impact vocabulary and language acquisition for 4th grade students. The students used guaranteed viable curriculum to explore, learn, and help each other retain the information learned. Students participated in teams using various cooperative learning strategies to learn and teach their teams the information needed. Each week the students were assessed and awarded points for achievement and growth. Surveys and observations were taken to measure engagement, enjoyment, and confidence in that material gathered. The research questions for this study included measuring if engaging in cooperative learning increased the academic scores, student engagement, and confidence in vocabulary acquisition and word structure. Throughout the 10-week study the students’ rating of their understanding increased each week. Students were engaged and invested during the process. Academic retention and growth did increase throughout the study with all areas of academic learners.

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