Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges

Author Bio(s)

Christopher T. Arra is an Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology at NVCC.


The goal of the study was to assess the effects of gender on college students’ perceptions of the cooperative learning process. Ninety-five college students completed 5 open-ended questions that asked students about their preferences for cooperative learning activities. Fifty-one female and 44 male students participated in the study. A qualitative research design was used. Qualitative analyses comparedacross genderthe 5 open-ended questions. The principal investigator qualitatively analyzed for themes, frequency of response, percentage of response, and emergent categories across gender. Some tentative qualitative findings were that male and female students prefer the same type of group work, and male and female students both agreed that providing rewards and full group participation are ways of making group work more enjoyable.



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