American sign language: a student text, units 19-27 by Charlotte Baker-Shenk, Dennis Cokely

By Charlotte Baker-Shenk, Dennis Cokely

Cokely D., Baker-Shenk C. American signal Language.. A pupil textual content, devices 19-27 (Gallaudet collage Press, 1991)(ISBN 0930323882)(400dpi)(187s)

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After the task is completed, group members are likely to agree that the person who has done the most talking has made the most important contribution to the task and has had the best ideas, whereas the person who was relatively quiet is seen as having made the least important contribution and is felt to have contributed few good ideas (Berger, Conner, & McKeown, 1974). The very same problem occurs in groups of students who have been prepared for cooperative learning. These students may treat each other The Dilemma of Groupwork 29 with civility, but still exhibit unequal participation and all the other signs of a status order among the members of the group.

1978). For over half the time during reading and mathematics, the students observed worked on their own, with no instructional guidance. The amount of time children were on task in these self-paced settings was markedly lower than in other classroom settings. This means that students are often doing something other than their assigned work when they are left to their own devices—and the students observed in the Beginning Teacher study were the students who needed to work hard; they were achieving in the 30–60th percentile on standardized tests.

Those who have a higher social standing have high peer status and are likely to dominate classroom groups. Among students, peer status may be based on athletic competence or on attractiveness and popularity, as was the case with Eddy. Newcomers to the classroom like Roberto, especially if they are not proficient in the language of instruction, are very likely to have a low social status. Those with a lower social standing are likely to be less active participants. In this way a group inside a schoolroom can reflect the world of the schoolyard, even though the task is academic and has nothing to do with play and purely social life.

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