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Scaffolding techniques : a teacher training for cooperative learning in Thailand primary education

Nuntrakune, Tippawan & Park, Ji Yong (2011) Scaffolding techniques : a teacher training for cooperative learning in Thailand primary education. In International Conference on Learning and Teaching, 5-8 July 2011, Mauritius. (Unpublished)

Abstract

In general, the benefits of using cooperative learning include academic achievement, communication skills, problem-solving, social skills and student motivation. Yet cooperative learning as a Western educational concept may be ineffective in a different learning system. The study aims to investigate scaffolding techniques for cooperative learning in Thailand primary education. The program was designed to foster Thai primary school teachers’ cooperative learning implementation that includes the basic tenets of cooperative learning and socio-cognitive based learning. Two teachers were invited to participate in this experimental teacher training program for one and a half weeks. Then the teachers implemented a cooperative learning in their mathematics class for six weeks. The data from teacher interview and classroom observation indicated that the both teachers are able to utilise questions to scaffold their students’ engagement in cooperative learning. This initiative study showed that difficulty or failure of implementing cooperative learning in Thailand education may not be derived from cultural difference. The paper discussed the techniques the participant teachers applied with proactive scaffolding, reactive scaffolding and scaffolding questions that can be used to facilitate the implementation of cooperative learning in Thai school.

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ID Code: 45666
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Cooperative Learning, Scaffolding technique, Thailand Education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Authors
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2011 09:19
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:12

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