Heath Swanson

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Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education


This research study examined the strategy of cooperative learning and whether or not it is an effective strategy for English Language Learners (ELLs). Previous studies have shown that by utilizing cooperative learning groups, each ELL student is enabled with an opportunity to work in a team with other students who have already gained proficiency with the language. The group dynamic of cooperative learning not only provides a supportive environment for learning new content and acquiring English language skills, but also helps to foster friendships and social development (Holt, Chips, & Wallace, 1991) This research study looked specifically at how cooperative learning improved the scores of the ELL students in the subject of English. This study found no statistical evidence of greater academic achievement for those ELL students who were part of a cooperative learning environment. This study concluded that students who partake in the strategy of cooperative learning did not have higher academic scores, though there was a strong student preference for this strategy.


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