Cooperative studying: an Interesting practice for academic success

João Inácio Moreira Bezerra, Rejane Pergher

Abstract


High failure rates in the Differential and Integral Calculus courses and the subsequent dropout caused by them are a reason for concern in many universities around the world, both in developing countries such as Brazil and developed ones such as the United States of America. So, it is not surprising that there is lots of interest in researching about this context, and possible ways of action. This is the focus of this article, to study about the origins of this situation, analyzing the causes of the students’ difficulties and presenting Collaborative Learning as an effective way to change this situation. The article is based on data from several universities that have shown interest in this method. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of this practice, both in academic and psychological performance of the students, thus showing the need for a greater incentive of this technique, as well as an intense study of the way it should be done.

Keywords


Teaching-learning. Cooperative Study. Calculus.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/2179460X31584

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