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Comparing Student Performance Using Cooperative Learning


  • Daniel R. Marburger

    () (Arkansas State University)


The purpose of this paper is to investigate empirically student performance in principles of microeconomics classes taught via co-operative learning versus the traditional lecture. In a fall semester, I taught one cohort of micro principles students as a traditional lecture, while presenting the course content to the other cohort via co-operative learning. A major distinction between this study and previous empirical works is that co-operative learning did not serve as a supplement to the traditional lecture. Rather, co-operative learning exercises essentially replaced the traditional lecture. The evidence reveals that whereas performance on multiple choice exams was fairly comparable, students who were enrolled in the co-operative learning class were better able to apply theory on a project that required a higher level of economic reasoning than those who learned the course content through the lecture.

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  • Daniel R. Marburger, 2005. "Comparing Student Performance Using Cooperative Learning," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 4(1), pages 46-57.
  • Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:4:y:2005:i:1:p:46-57

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    1. Jennifer Imazeki, 2015. "Getting Students to Do Economics: An Introduction to Team-Based Learning," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 21(4), pages 399-412, November.
    2. Joshua D. Miller & Robert P. Rebelein, 2011. "Research on the Effectiveness of Non-Traditional Pedagogies," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 30 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. repec:kap:iaecre:v:21:y:2015:i:4:p:399-412 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. KimMarie McGoldrick, 2011. "Using Cooperative Learning Exercises in Economics," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 4 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    5. Ninos P. Malek & Joshua C. Hall & Collin Hodges, 2014. "A Review and Analysis of the Effectiveness of Alternative Teaching Methods on Student Learning in Economics," Working Papers 14-27, Department of Economics, West Virginia University.

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