David Miedema

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Patricia C. Kornelis


This research study described student perceptions towards learning and participation for temporary groups and cohort groups. The participants were 101 eighth grade social studies students. For five weeks, students were assigned to regularly work in groups of three to four students. Two classes worked in temporary groups, and two other classes worked in cohort groups. Students completed a pretest-posttest survey and a group work survey after each learning activity to describe group participation and learning. Six students participated in a semi-structured interview to elaborate on their experiences after the study. Results showed that students in cohort groups had a more positive attitude towards group learning and greater development of trust and community. The study showed the importance of using strategically formed groups in cooperative learning.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education