Journal of Educational Sciences > Volume 25, No. 2, 2013
The effect of using cooperative as opposed to traditional learning strategies on students’ motivation and computer skill acquirement / Riyadh Abdulrahman Alhassan
Previous studies have illustrated that cooperative learning strategies have a positive effect on students' higher order thinking, and
problem solving skills. Yet, there are not sufficient studies that explore the effect of these strategies on computer skill achievement. The purpose
of this study was to examine the effect of cooperative learning strategies on computer skill achievement. A qusi-expermental methodology was
used to compare two groups of students, a control group learning through traditional strategies, and an experimental group learning using
cooperative learning strategies. The study answered three main questions: 1) the effect of cooperative learning on motivation, 2) The effect of
cooperative learning on students’ strategy use outside the classroom, and 3) The effect of cooperative learning on computer skill achievement.
Data were gathered through a pre- and post-test, and the MSQL questionnaire. Findings from this study showed significant differences between
the two groups on all research questions in favor of the cooperative group. Overall, cooperative learning was shown to promote better student
computer skill achievement. The study concluded with recommendations for teacher preparation programs to include cooperative learning in their
practical curriculum, and for curriculum designers to incorporate those strategies in the computer science curriculum.
Keywords: Cooperative learning, Computer Skills, Selff-Efficacy.