Students involved in cooperative learning were asked to rate themselves on eighteen outcomes related to their group behavior. They viewed seeking assistance and respecting all persons as major strengths. Perceived weaknesses included providing leadership to the group, helping others to contribute to the group and self-preparation for group activities. Persons receiving lower course grades tended to rate themselves lower than students receiving high grades.
More effort seems desirable in preparing students for collaborative and cooperative situations they may encounter in classes, in careers, and in their private lives. Possible approaches include less reliance on passive modes of instruction in college, instruction in group functioning, and self-evaluation of group behaviors.
self ratings, collaborative learning