Using cooperative learning in a large introductory statistics class


Book: 
Journal of Statistics Education
Authors: 
Magel, R. C.
Category: 
Volume: 
6(3)
Pages: 
Online
Year: 
1998
URL: 
http://www.amstat.org/publications/jse/v6n3/magel.html
Abstract: 

This article discusses one active learning technique, cooperative learning, that can be used in large classes. This technique requires that students be divided into learning teams. A method for quickly dividing a large class of students into learning teams is presented. Two examples of cooperative learning exercises used in an introductory statistics class are given. These serve as illustrations of the type of cooperative learning exercises that can be assigned in a large class. In particular, these exercises were used in a class of 195 students. Preliminary findings by the instructor of the advantages of using cooperative learning exercises are discussed.