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Title: 
The effectiveness of cooperative and individualistic approaches in teaching mathematics and English
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Issue Date: 
1988
Citation: 
Singapore Journal of Education, 9(2), 1-17
Abstract: 
This paper reports an experimental study into the effects of cooperative and individualistic
approaches in teaching Mathematics and English. The study was conducted at a Vacation Learning Camp (VLC) which was
held for two weeks in one of the secondary schools in Singapore. This VLC was targeted at Secondary One pupils who were
classified as below average based on general ability streaming. The individualistic teaching approach
was assumed to contribute to individual efforts while the cooperative teaching approach was expected to produce cooperativeness
among the subjects. The results indicated that there were no significant differences in performances in the main
effects classified as the treatment groups and the sex groups in both Mathematics and English; in Mathematics, the individualistic
teaching approach was more effective for the male pupils whereas the cooperative teaching approach was more effective with
females. However, in English, the results were reversed. The female pupils in the cooperative group seemed to have improved in their attitude
towards learning Mathematics whereas the male pupils in the individualistic group seemed to have a more positive attitude
towards learning English.
URI: 
ISSN: 
0129-4776
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