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Enhancing social skills through cooperative learning

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dc.contributor.author Booysen, M J
dc.contributor.author Grosser, Mary M
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-26T07:11:27Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-26T07:11:27Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation BOOYSEN, M.J. & GROSSER, M.M. 2008. Enhancing social skills through cooperative learning. TD: The journal for transdisciplinary research in Southern Africa, 4(2):377-399, Dec. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3970
dc.description.abstract The National Curriculum Statement of South Africa envisages qualified and competent teachers to deal with the diversity of learners and their needs in the classroom. One of the needs refers to all learners (Gr R-12) who need to acquire the necessary social skills to enable them to work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organization and community. These skills refer inter alia to: learning to work with others, listening to others, giving attention, asking clarifying questions, learning how to evaluate, and to praise others, handling conflict, reflecting on group work and allowing all group members to participate. The most obvious place to deal purposefully with the development of social skills is the classroom. This implies that alternative ways and methods of teaching must be introduced to develop the necessary social skills. This article reports on the findings obtained from a combined quantitative and qualitative study that set out to determine the levels of social competence achieved by a group of Grade 2 learners, and the possible association of a cooperative teaching and learning intervention programme for enhancing the social skills of these learners. The results revealed the latent potential of cooperative learning to enhance the social skills of Grade 2 learners. The significance of this research lies in the contribution it makes to establish the social competence of a group of Grade 2 learners and to determine the possibilities for enhancing their social skills through cooperative learning. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Foundation Phase learners en
dc.subject Social development en
dc.subject Development of social skills en
dc.subject Cooperative learning en
dc.subject Cooperation en
dc.subject Assertion en
dc.subject Empathy en
dc.subject Self-control en
dc.title Enhancing social skills through cooperative learning en
dc.type Article en


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