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A pilot study examined the relationship between cooperative learning, speech communication skills, and the academic progress of gifted students. Subjects, five female undergraduate honors students, were interviewed regarding their life experiences and opinions of various learning styles. In addition, an open-ended questionnaire was distributed to 35 honors alumni requesting information about their preferred learning style. A thematic data analysis revealed relationship development and maintenance to be an important aspect of all learning experiences. Recommendations for the use of cooperative learning include valuing rather than exploiting gifted students and using cooperative learning as a supplementary rather than primary style of instruction. (A glossary of cooperative learning techniques and 29 references are attached.) (Author/RS)

Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Cooperative Learning, Educational Research, Gifted, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Student Experience, Teaching Methods

Autor: Arneson, Pat; Hoff, Nancy


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