Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Group work in education; Education, Elementary;
The traditional teaching approach used in most American elementary schools, where the classroom teacher makes all the decisions and the conventional student is instructed to focus individual energies on assigned seatwork and ignore those who are around him or her, has become an ineffective model.
Researchers and certain educators believe that the use of "community" in the classroom will create environments where children care about one another and about learning, where students work harder, achieve more, where warm, supportive relationships are given birth -- enabling students to risk the new ideas and mistakes so critical to intellectual growth. As a result of using community in the classroom, students show positive outcomes that include higher academic performance, stronger motivation to learn, greater educational expectations and more.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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©1998 Rodney Edgerton Lyons
Lyons, Rodney Edgerton, "The benefits of using "community" in the elementary classroom" (1998). Graduate Research Papers. 1120.