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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction: M.S.


Teacher Development


School of Education

First Advisor

Jan Frank

Second Advisor

Ramon Serrano

Third Advisor

Linda Scott-Halverson

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Cooperative Learning, Urban Learners, Relationships, Increased Achievement


Urban learners of all racial make-ups hold a unique position when it comes to effectiveness of teaching strategies that are credited in raising achievement. The use of cooperative learning groups is an equalizing method in meeting the diverse needs of all learners regardless of their race and academic proficiency. This study will take an in-depth look at cooperative learning, and how the use of it benefits all learners in raising proficiency in math and reading. The study focuses on the following questions.

  1. To what extent do interpersonal relationships affect students’ ability to work together in small cooperative groups?
  2. How will the use of cooperative learning groups affect academic performance in math and reading?
  3. Will cooperative learning strategies along with strong interpersonal relationships help build confidence and self-esteem in children around learning?



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