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Does Cooperative Learning Improve Student Learning Outcomes?


  • Steven Yamarik


What is the effect of small-group learning on student learning outcomes in economic instruction? In spring 2002 and fall 2004, the author applied cooperative learning to one section of intermediate macroeconomics and taught another section using a traditional lecture format. He identified and then tracked measures of student learning outcomes. Using multivariate regression analysis, he found that students taught by cooperative learning achieved greater academic performance in the form of higher exam scores.

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  • Steven Yamarik, 2007. "Does Cooperative Learning Improve Student Learning Outcomes?," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(3), pages 259-277, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:38:y:2007:i:3:p:259-277 DOI: 10.3200/JECE.38.3.259-277

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    1. Long, John B, Jr & Plosser, Charles I, 1983. "Real Business Cycles," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 91(1), pages 39-69, February.
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    1. 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.
    2. KimMarie McGoldrick & Robert Rebelein & Jennifer K. Rhoads & Sue Stockly, 2010. "Making Cooperative Learning Effective for Economics," Chapters,in: Teaching Innovations in Economics, chapter 4 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Emerson, Tisha L.N. & English, Linda & McGoldrick, KimMarie, 2016. "Cooperative learning and personality types," International Review of Economics Education, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 21-29.
    4. R. Inglesi-Lotz & Fritz Dresselhaus & J. Bohlmann, 2015. "Assessing the Impact of Just-in-Time Methodology, In-Lecture Activities, and Tutor-Assisted Post-Lecture Activities in the Course Experience of First Year Students in Economics at the University of Pr," Working Papers 201590, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
    5. Román Andrés Zárate, 2012. "Peer Effects, Cooperation and Competition in Human Capital Formation," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 009795, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
    6. Gemma Abió & Manuela Alcáñiz & Marta Gómez-Puig & Gloria Rubert & Mónica Serrano & Alexandrina Stoyanova & Montserrat Vilalta-Bufí, 2016. "“Retaking a course in Economics: Innovative methodologies to simulate academic performance in large groups”," IREA Working Papers 201609, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Apr 2016.
    7. Georg Strasser & Marketa Halova Wolfe, 2014. "Learning to Argue with Intermediate Macro Theory: A Semester-Long Team Writing Project," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(3), pages 191-210, September.
    8. KimMarie McGoldrick, 2011. "Using Cooperative Learning Exercises in Economics," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 4 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    9. Kim P. Huynh & David T. Jacho-Chávez & James K. Self, 2010. "The Efficacy of Collaborative Learning Recitation Sessions on Student Outcomes," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 100(2), pages 287-291, May.
    10. Abdolkarim Sadrieh & Marijke Klooß & Miriam Mezger & Lisette Schulz, 2011. "Kangaroo Seminars for Knowledge Transfer in Fast-Growing Research Fields," FEMM Working Papers 110013, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management.
    11. 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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