Co-operative Group Teaching and Learning in the Greek and Cypriot Primary Education

By Stavroula Kaldi, Diamanto Filippatou and Maria Onoufriou.

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Co-operative group teaching and learning is a child-centred teaching approach based on the theory of constructivism. In literature on educational studies, co-operative teaching and learning is generally defined as learning that takes place in an environment where pupils in small groups share ideas and work collaboratively in order to complete academic tasks. A large number of research carried out on co-operative teaching and learning has shown that this method has positive effects on pupils’ school achievement in mixed ability and ethnocultural classes.
The aim of the present study is to compare the Greek and Cypriot primary school teachers’ and pupils’ views about the efficacy of co-operative teaching and learning in mixed ability and multi-ethnic classes. A similar comparative study has not been carried out. The sample of the study consisted of 113 teachers (59 Greek and 54 Cypriot) and 161 pupils (80 Greek and 81 Cypriot), 9-11 years old. A quantitative methodology was used and data were collected through questionnaires. Results revealed that pupils’ and teachers’ perceptions about co-operative group teaching and learning were positive. However, the Cypriot primary school teachers and pupils exhibited more positive attitudes towards group work’s efficacy and a better understanding of co-operative group teaching and learning compared to the Greek teachers and pupils respectively.

Keywords: Co-operative Group Teaching and Learning, Pupils, Teachers

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 11, pp.407-422. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.251MB).

Dr. Stavroula Kaldi

Assistant Professor in Teaching Methodology, Primary Education Department, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

Dr. Stavroula Kaldi conducted undergraduate studies (BA) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and postgraduate studies (MA & PhD) at Sussex University in the UK. She is currently an assistant professor in teaching methodology in the Dept of Primary Education at the University of Thessaly in Greece. Her research interests are focused on co-operative teaching and learning, project-based learning, school teaching practice, student teachers’ professional development and mature students in higher education.

Dr. Diamanto Filippatou

Lecturer on Learning Disabilities, Primary Education Department, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

Dr. Diamanto Filippatou conducted undergraduate studies (BA) at the University of Athens in Greece and postgraduate studies (MEd & PhD) at Manchester University in the UK. She is currently a lecturer on learning disabilities in the Dept of Primary Education at the University of Thessaly in Greece. Her research interests are focused on assessment and intervention of pupils with learning disabilities, teaching strategies for pupils with special educational needs, co-operative learning and pupils with learning disabilities.

Maria Onoufriou

Postgraduate Student, Primary Education Department, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

Mrs. Maria Onoufriou has graduated from the University of Patras, Department of Primary Education. She is currently a postgraduate student in the University of Thessaly, Department of Primary Education.

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