Cooperative learning (STADs) to teach reading comprehension

Renuka Devi, P, (2006) Cooperative learning (STADs) to teach reading comprehension. Masters thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

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Abstract

This study investigated the efficacy of the STADs cooperative learning strategy in improving Reading Comprehension proficiency. It aims to find out the practicality of using the STADs as an instructional strategy to improve reading comprehension of learns in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom. As reading comprehension encompasses a wide array of sub skills, the researcher has limited the scope to include four relevant to the MUET (Malaysian University English Test) syllabus specification. 111 pre university learners of ESL participated in the study, and a pre test - post test control group quasi - experimental design was employed. 56 learners made up the experimental group to receive the STADs instructional strategy as opposed to 55 learners who receive the traditional classroom strategy of lectures ad open discussion. The Pre test and Post test being the main Instruments of research to collect data on the efficacy of instructional strategy was further supported by a preliminary questionnaire and classroom observations during the six weeks. The results indicated statistically significant differences between the Control and Experimental groups on the variable of Post test reading scores. The statistical difference favoured the Experimental group on the variable of reading proficiency scores. The researcher discusses pedagogical implications and suggests recommendations for further research.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:cooperative learning, reading comprehension, proficiency, ESL, post test
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:SCHOOL > School of Education and Social Development
ID Code:10181
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:12 Dec 2014 14:38
Last Modified:12 Dec 2014 14:38

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