The Effectiveness of Cooperative Learning Strategy in Deaf Children's Acquisition of Scientific Concepts, Treating Their Alternative Concepts and Improving Their Learning Practices in Science

Imfadi R. Abu Hola

Abstract


This study was conducted to answer the following questions:
1. What is the effectiveness of using the cooperative learning strategy in deaf children’s acquiring of scientific concepts comparing it with the ordinary strategy?
2. What is the effect of cooperative leaning strategy on treating the science misconceptions carried by deaf children?
3. What is the effectiveness of the cooperative learning strategy in changing and improving classroom learning practices among deaf children?
The sample of the study consisted of 20 deaf second grade male and female children divided into two groups. The experimental group was taught using the cooperative learning strategy and the control group was taught using the traditional learning strategy. Two female teachers volunteered to team-teach the two groups for eight weeks. Data were collected and quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed. The study revealed that the cooperative group outperformed the control one with regard to the level of acquisition of scientific concepts (α =0.05). Analysis of the qualitative data revealed that the experimental group showed some promising behaviors such as interests in learning, immersing in cooperative activities, less competition and less violence and acceptance for correcting mistakes by other colleagues. The researcher recommended deep revision and modification of teaching and learning strategies implemented in deaf children classes to meet their social and emotional needs.

Keywords


Deaf Children, Cooperative Learning, Concept Acquisition, Alternative Concepts, Science, Learning Practices.

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