Sensitivity Training With an Academic Twist

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 490–491. Reviews the book, The Jigsaw Classroom by Elliot Aronson, Nancy Blaney, Cookie Stephan, Jev Sikes, and Matthew Snapp (see record 1980-51351-000). In this book, the authors describe an approach to classroom organization that combines an individual reward structure in which grades are earned in accordance with each student's test performance and a cooperative arrangement in which small groups of students are required to share resources to accomplish academic tasks. The book was written for everyone but especially for teachers. Classroom researchers will be troubled by some of the features of the book. More rigorous analysis and testing are clearly needed, however, before the theoretical and practical consequences of cooperative learning groups can be realized. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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