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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Effects of group work training on science attainment in rural and urban Schools
Author(s): Thurston, Allen
Topping, Keith J
Christie, Donald
Donaldson, Caroline
Howe, Christine Joyce
Jessiman, Emma
Livingston, Kay
Tolmie, Andrew Kenneth
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Keywords: science education
primary school
science attainment
Group work in education Case studies
Cooperativeness Case studies
Social group work
Science Study and teaching (Secondary)
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Date Deposited: 18-Mar-2009
Citation: Thurston A, Topping KJ, Christie D, Donaldson C, Howe CJ, Jessiman E, Livingston K & Tolmie AK (2008) Effects of group work training on science attainment in rural and urban Schools. Research in Science and Technological Education, 26 (1), pp. 31-45.
Abstract: This study investigated the effects of collaborative group work skills training on pupil attainment in science. Twenty-four experimental classes were drawn from schools in rural and urban settings. Pupils in experimental classrooms engaged in general group work skills training and two structured group work activities in science. Attainment was assessed using the Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS) instrument. Significant gains in science attainment were observed in the experimental urban and rural classes. Significant changes in observed group work behaviours were observed in both urban and rural classes. Changes in group work behaviour were correlated to increased science attainment. The implications for practice, policy and future research are explored.
DOI Link: 10.1080/02635140701847462
Rights: Published in Research in Science & Technological Education by Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Research in Science & Technological Education, Volume 26, Issue 1, April 2008, pp. 31 - 45. Research in Science & Technological Education is available online at:

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