The study will be a quantitative 2 x 2 factorial design with two independent factors: (1) Cooperative Teaching Strategies with three levels: Cooperative Teaching Strategy A, Cooperative Teaching Strategy B, and Cooperative Teaching Strategy C. The dependent measure will be a measure of academic achievement appropriate for use with specific learning disabled children in middle school (grades 6, 7, and 8).
The purpose of the research is to investigate the effects of cooperative learning techniques on the academic achievement of middle school (grades 6, 7, and 8) learning disabled students. The hypothesis that will be tested is as follows:
The use of cooperative learning techniques will improve the academic achievement of middle school (grades 6, 7, and 8) learning disabled students.
The research method will include an experimental design in which student performance subsequent to the cooperative learning intervention will be compared with baseline student performance prior to the cooperative learning intervention. Students participating in the study will be assigned to one of four groups: three experimental groups and one control group. Students assigned to each of the three experimental groups will be exposed to different variations of cooperative learning during t