Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Mary Hedenstrom


Curriculum and Instruction


This study was designed to see the possible benefits of collaborative learning in an elementary classroom. This investigation was conducted at a charter school with two fourth grade classes. Data collection methods included: a pre and post student attitude survey, individual student and peer evaluation, work completion tracking, and behavior tracking. The results showed a positive effect on student learning. Student attitude reflected in the surveys showed improvement. This also was seen in the amount and quality of work completed throughout the study. Off task behaviors were also lowered. With the continuation of this positive and reflective environment, student work and on task behavior will continue to improve. The recommendation for the next step would be to continue with group roles in collaborative learning and educating students on their importance.

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