Thesis

Developing vocabulary using small group cooperation and oral presentation

This action research intended study to effects of developing vocabulary
 through cooperative group work and oral presentation in the context of a Kindergarten
 classroom. The purpose of this study was to research engaging methods to develop vocabulary
 so that students had a true understanding of them. Cooperative learning, constructivist
 teaching, the acquisition of vocabulary, and work by Vygotsky were used to
 inform teaching practices. Methods led to gains in vocabulary knowledge. Through
 small group cooperation students interpersonal, cooperative skills improved. Using
 small group cooperation and oral presentation affected students’ vocabulary by providing
 a rich context for word learning which lead students to taking ownership of the
 words.

This action research intended study to effects of developing vocabulary through cooperative group work and oral presentation in the context of a Kindergarten classroom. The purpose of this study was to research engaging methods to develop vocabulary so that students had a true understanding of them. Cooperative learning, constructivist teaching, the acquisition of vocabulary, and work by Vygotsky were used to inform teaching practices. Methods led to gains in vocabulary knowledge. Through small group cooperation students interpersonal, cooperative skills improved. Using small group cooperation and oral presentation affected students’ vocabulary by providing a rich context for word learning which lead students to taking ownership of the words.

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