A sociocultural understanding of mediated learning, peer cooperation and emotional well-being

White, Robert (2011) A sociocultural understanding of mediated learning, peer cooperation and emotional well-being. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 16 (1). pp. 15-33. ISSN 1363-2752

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13632752.2011.545600


This study investigates how mediated learning designed to improve peer cooperation within activity-based problem solving tasks influences cooperative learning outcomes. Two groups (n = 22) of Year 8 students (mean age 13 +/? 5 months) were randomly assigned to an experimental or control group. The study began with two one-hour sessions of activity-based problem-solving tasks for the control and experimental groups. These sessions were coded for on- and off-task communication. The experimental group then participated in a mediated cooperative learning experience (MCLE) focused on developing cooperative communication and pro-social behaviour. Following theMCLE, a one-hour problem-solving activity session for the collection of data related to on- and off-task communication was conducted for both the control and experimental groups. Results demonstrate that cooperative group on-task communication can be effectively influenced by mediated learning, both intra-group and inter-group, implying that the success associated with cooperative learning may be enhanced by first teaching students how to cooperate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mediated learning, peer cooperation, emotional well-being
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2011 11:32
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 15:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1864

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