Building Ethics Through Cooperative Learning Among Grade 5th Students
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Building Ethics Through Cooperative Learning Among Grade 5th Students
Development Of Scientific Attitude Among Children
Name of the School. (Deputy Ibrar Govt School).
(Overall background of the participants of the project; area/school: (socio-economic status, occupation/profession – earning trends of majority of the parents, literacy rate, academic quality, and any other special trait of the community where the school is situated)
Deputy Ibrar Govt School
Deputy Ibrar Govt School situates at Jamshed road NO 2 and district Karachi East. There are 12 teachers and 700 students enrolled in the school. The school building is looking very good. There are more than 7 classrooms and staff rooms. A playground, washroom, parking, clean drinking water electricity, and other basic facilities are available for the students.
This action research project is titled “Building Ethics through cooperative learning among grade 5th students at Deputy Ibrar Govt School.
Demographic details of participants: For the present research 40 participants are selected from the school, and their ages are between 10-12 years. I selected students from grade 5th from section A. Among 40 students, there are all girls thus they make a total of 40 students as a sample for the present research.
The socio-economic condition of participants: The socio-economic status is not on the level of satisfaction. Students participating in this research belong to a category whose socio-economic conditions are good. Such families have not enough means to manage the expenses of their children’s studies. The participants belong to middle-class families. Thus, they very much rely on school teachers and the curriculum.
Location of the school: The present research is conducted in a public school “Deputy Ibrar Govt School” which is situated in the district Karachi East.
The school has great discipline and is very organized in teaching the curriculum of the Karachi board. The school also achieves a great 80-90% annual results every year. Hence it has a very good ratio of passing students every year.
Occupation / Profession and earning trends:
That was rural areas most people are attached to agriculture were 25% of the parents of the students attached to agriculture, 5% in the teaching profession .2 % of people well-educated jobs and the remaining were laborers. I got the occupation information from the index of school register.
I notice that the literacy rate of the city it was not so bad. Literacy rate 35 percent. It was good. Parent’s meetings were arranged in school then I observed the literacy rate of the located. Almost 25% parents were well educated and other parents were uneducated.
Special Traits of Community:
The community where the school was situated have not strong financial condition mostly people were laborers. They have to do strict effort to fulfill the school expenses of their children. Students participate in games and then go to Primary level. Private school were present in this village. People respect to the teachers.
Why did you select this specific sub-theme and topic? Relate it to your experience/problem in your classroom/institution.
The reason behind the selection of the topic: This action research was designed to Building Ethics trough cooperative learning among grade 5th students Although, well managed school provide an environment in which cooperative learning helpful for students to improve the level of Ethics”. “Many research studies have resulted that a conducive classroom environment promotes students ‘ethics development through cooperative learning”. “Classroom management strategies are a crucial part of teachers’ success in creating a safe and effective learning environment for students in building ethics development”. “The purpose of education is to provide a safe and friendly environment in order for learning”. “Therefore, teachers should know how to use and apply strategies that will allow and also help students to improve student performance as well as improve ethics development.”.
The following reasons behind lack of student ethics development which was observed in the school. This research identifies the solution of these.
1. Focus Just on Books Reading:
Some school teachers just focus on books reading. Thay do not involve the students in any other physical task like cooperative learning which can be helpful for building confidence and ethics development in students.
2. Poor Mental Health:
Poor mental health is also associated with rapid ethics change, stressful work conditions, gender discrimination, ethics exclusion, unhealthy lifestyle, physical ill-health and human rights violations. There are specific psychological and personality factors that make people vulnerable to mental health problems.
3. Emotional Immaturity:
Emotional immaturity as a condition where a person hasn’t given up the desires or fantasies of their childhoods. These desires and fantasies have to do with them being the center of the universe. They can also even involve “bending” reality to be what they want.
Irresponsible is not capable of handling assignments or taking responsibility. An example of an irresponsible person is someone who constantly forgets to do her assignments.
5. Poor Home Environment:
Home environment is usually a place in which an individual or a family can rest and be able to store ethics development. But if home environment not motivated like parents quarrels with on another all the time, then this thing has most negative impact on the mind of students.
6. Lack of Interest in School Activities:
Lack of interest can be caused by difficultly concentrating, family problems, ethics difficulties, learning disabilities, and many other factors. Having said that, as a teacher, you still have to do your best and try to get them to learn at least the basics of any subject.
7. Resistance to School Rules and Regulations:
Policies are important because they help a school establish rules and procedures and create standards of quality for learning and safety, as well as expectations and accountability. Without these, schools would lack the structure and function necessary to provide the educational needs of students. But some students not follow this. These things lead to decrease in ethics development of students.
I have selected the above topic because now a day it is a common problem of all. Students have lack of ethics development during the period. Students do not focus on ethics development on the base of following reasons. I selected the above topic so this research identifies the solution of this problem.
What was your discussion with your colleague/friend / senior teacher or supervisor regarding the problem?
The Ethics of Development asks what is good ‘development’, of societies and for people. It looks at how equating development with economic growth has been challenged, examining whom that growth benefits or harms and which aspects of life it values or excludes and can favor or damage.
When I discuss the whole matter of enhancing ethical sense through cooperative learning following teacher guidance among 5th grade students with my other colleagues and senior teachers, it was argued that ethics development and encouragement should be a major area of concern to teachers and students. This is the concern of this chapter which tends to summarize what is essential to be known about the ethics development building process as it relates to cooperative learning, rewarding system and encouragement. Almost all the teachers and colleagues were in favor of the statement that the cooperative learning and encouragement are possessing self-efficacy. Because cooperative learning and ethics development are very alternative. No any students can get fluency in one skill without other skill. The researcher conducted this study which focused on the Development of ethics development that lead to good behavior and performance of students.
A teacher’s most important activity in a typical class environment is the one related to classroom management that leading to build ethics development in students through cooperative learning. Appreciation ultimately enhances good behavior and personality like praise, reward offering. But punishment cannot apply for all students. Punishment put negative impact on some students like punished the students. Learning and teaching cannot take place in a mismanaged classroom. In limited terms, classroom management is the management of the class by educational motives. Contemporary understanding of classroom management approach calls for conceiving class as a system. Class in educational system is a subsystem of educational management and at the same time a formal organization. Within this framework, classroom management could be defined as the process of arranging the classroom environment and its physical structure under the laws in order to satisfy the expectations of the educational system, the curriculum, the school, the lesson, the teacher and of the students, constituting the rules, relation patterns and administration of class order; planning, presenting and evaluating educational activities, recognizing students’ assets; providing student motivation; arranging classroom communication pattern; attaining classroom discipline, effective and productive employment of time, human and material resources in order to prevent students’ undesired behavior.
Ethics development is a response, which an individual show to his environment at different times. Ethics development can be positive or negative, effective or ineffective, conscious or unconscious, overt or covert, and voluntary or involuntary. ethics development can be regarded as any action of an organism that changes its relationship to its environment. ethics development provides outputs from the organism to the environment. The meaning of ethics development is to conduct or carry oneself or behavior in what we do, especially in response to outside stimuli anything that an organism does that involves action and response to stimulation. The main purpose of this study is to investigate the role of cooperative learning in development of student’s ethics development of Primary school students.
The effective learning process is directly related to effective classroom management. Without effective classroom management, teaching-learning has no fruitful and productive outcomes. Effective classroom management depends on the competencies (capacity, proficiency) of teachers. Good managers devise and announce classroom rules and regulations at the beginning of the session in order to control classroom disruptive behaviors and make the classroom atmosphere favorable for teaching-learning process.
Teachers use a variety of Cooperative learning and stimulus (encouragement) to motivate students. According to Ivancevich and Matteson (1990:171) “teachers use a variety of cooperative learning to attract and maintain students and to motivate them to achieve their teaching goals.” Rewarding students is therefore vital for the teaching success. Incentives are external stimuli which can be used as stimulants to productivity.
When a behavior leads to desirable outcomes, it is more likely to occur in future situations. Therefore, reinforcing is merely the impact seen by the reinforcing agent. To determine whether an event is capable of reinforcing its impact should be considered.
Armstrong (2012), states that “outdoor activities deal with the strategies, policies and processes required to ensure that the people’s value and contributions they make to achieving developmental goals of teaching and rewarded.” It can therefore be seen that rewards play an important role in motivating students to perform at their best and also to maintain top performers. Lathan’s (2002:45) observes that “teachers provide rewards to their personnel in order to try to motivate their performance and encourage their loyalty and maintained.”
As already demonstrated, extrinsic motivation is a deeper issue than it come because it may undermine intrinsic (natural) motivation under certain conditions and promote it under others conditions. (Williams & Stockdale, 2004). However, it is worthwhile for all teachers have an understanding of extrinsic cooperative learning because “many of the tasks that educators want their students to perform are not inherently interesting and knowing”. How to promote more active and volitional (a choice or decision made) forms of extrinsic motivation becomes an essential strategy for successful teaching’. (Ryan & Deci,2000).
It is important to understand that before analyzing different cooperative learning options, factors that affect reward strategies and practices. Each teacher is faced with a number of internal and external factors that affect the ethics development is structured and administered. Armstrong (2010), identifies teaching culture, sector or work environment, students, teaching strategy, school climate as key internal variables that affect reward strategies. Each of these factors are different for each school and the teachers will develop a reward system based on how it values each of the variables. Armstrong (2010:17).
These factors play an important role and may force teachers to take certain decisions. In discussing different types of cooperative learning and incentives it is important to first categorize these. Rewards can be viewed as intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic rewards “are intangible (invisible) rewards concerned with the work environment (quality of education, the teachers teaching) recognition, performance management and learning and development” Armstrong (2002:99). Kinicki and Kreitner (1998), state that financial, material and ethics rewards are extrinsic rewards because they come from the environment.
To apply ethics development to a classroom student, a teacher must first understand what ethics development is and what the advantages n disadvantages are when using it. The term reward is broadly defined as a tool that teacher use to try and reinforce a desired behavior (Wetzel and Mercer, 2003). The elements that determine the effectiveness of a reward are how it is delivered by the teachers and how it is perceived by the student (Wetzel and Mercer, 2012). If a teacher delivers a reward for good behavior, the student must make the connection between the right behavior and the reward. If students think they were rewarded for a different behavior, then the given reward will not be effective, and the student will have associated getting a reward with the wrong behavior (Wetzel and Mercer, 2012). So, teachers need to make sure that when giving rewards, student understand why they received them.
When a student receives an intrinsic reward, it is because they have completed an assignment or task due to internal motivation (Williams & Stockdale, 2004). Some common intrinsic rewards are ‘‘task completion, feedback or result, acquisition of knowledge or skill, and a sense of mastery’’ (Wetzel & Stockdale). However, this award can be beneficial compared to extrinsic rewards, because they do not require an external stimulus, such as the teacher. The student will stay on task because they are motivated by their own determinations. However, intrinsic reward will not always be Satisfactory for students, since they may not have any internal motivation to complete a task.
Extrinsic rewards are rewards given by someone outside of the individual, such as a teacher (Wetzel & Mercer). Some common extrinsic rewards are ‘‘primary objects, tangible objects, token systems, ethics approval, and project activities’’. In 1991, Newby found by new teachers use extrinsic rewards and motivation more than any other strategy. Extrinsic rewards may motivate student complete tasks that they would otherwise disregard. However, this reward can have a negative effect, where students grow dependent on them for motivation in completing their assignments.
In the classroom, most rewards will be a combination of extrinsic and intrinsic factors. For instance, students may engage in an activity both because of what, they will learn will be the intrinsic rewards, while the grade that they receive will be the extrinsic rewards.
It is important to understand, before analyzing different reward options, factors that affect reward strategies and practices. Each organization is faced with a number of internal and external factors that affect the reward system is structured and administered. (Armstrong, 2010) identifies organizational culture, the organizations business or sector or work environment, people, business strategy, political and ethics climate as key internal variables that affect reward strategies. Each of these factors are different for each organization and the organization will then develop a reward system based on how it values each of the variables. For example, “Bankers, entrepreneurial directors or sales representatives will be more interested in financial incentives than, say people engaged in charitable work” (Armstrong, 2010:17).
External aspects that may affect reward strategies include globalization, rate of pay in the marketplace, the economy, societal factors, legislation and trade unions, (Armstrong, 2010). These factors play an important role and may force organizations to take certain decisions for example trade unions in South Africa have a big influence in worker package and incentives.
In discussing different types of rewards and incentives it is important to first categorize these. Rewards can be viewed as intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic rewards “are intangible rewards concerned with the work environment (quality of working life, work life balance) recognition, performance management and learning and development” Armstrong (2002:99). Kinicki and Kreitner (1998) state that financial, material and ethics rewards are extrinsic rewards because they emanate from the environment.
Tom Peters argues that by following the right method of rewarding, one can obtain excellent results. The Theorist Edward. Lorler believe that reward must be dependent on performance (Cohen, 2013).
The biggest mistake any parents can make is to delay the reward for an appropriate behavior. A reward will be most effective if it immediately follows the behavior. So that the desirable behavior is validated. (Patterson, 1983). Rey states that during the delay between the behavior and reward, the subject may exhibit, other behavior. Thus, the targeted behavior may remain undeveloped since the unwanted behavior is also reinforced. (Seyf, 2011).
What were the major variables/construct of your project? Give definitions/descriptions from literature.
Variables of the study:
Total of three variables were included in this research. Two were independent variables and one was the dependent variable. Cooperative learning and encouragement used as independent variables and student’s ethics development used as dependent variable.
1. Cooperative learning:
Cooperative learning occurs when members of a learning community work together to improve student learning and achievement. Role is not a task to complete then move on, it’s an ever-changing, ongoing process that is only enhanced by social networks and access to new technology.
2. Students Encouragement:
Tangible forms of encouragement give students a visual reminder that they have the power to learn and succeed. They are especially effective when used sparingly or in moderation after students achieve learning milestones in the classroom
- Give Positive Feedback. …
- Set Realistic Expectations and Celebrate When They Are Met. …
- Let Your Own Excitement Come Through. …
- Vary Your Teaching Methods. …
- Facilitate Don’t Dominate. …
- Make Topics Practical. …
- Show StudentsTheir Own Successes. …
- Get Out of the Book
3. Ethics Development:
Ethics development is “the belief in one’s capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to manage prospective situations.” Ethics development is a person’s belief in his or her ability to succeed in a particular situation. Ethics development is about having the strong, positive belief that you have the capacity and the skills to achieve your goals. ethics development affects every area of human endeavor. By determining the beliefs, a person holds regarding their power to affect situations, it strongly influences both the power a person actually has to face challenges competently and the choices a person is most likely to make.
The purpose of the study was to investigate the Building Ethics through cooperative learning among grade 5th students So, the study will focus on the causes of problems of students regarding this.” In order to achieve said aims, the following objectives are designed:
Objectives of the Study
The following was the main objective of the study.
- To explore the relationship between cooperative learning and student ethics development at the Primary level.
- To explore the relationship between student encouragement and ethics development at the Primary level.
- To find out the reasons behind the lack of ethics development of students.
- To give suggestions for the improvement of the situation.
Research Questions of the study
- What is the relationship between cooperative learning and student ethics development at the Primary level.?
- What is the relationship between student encouragement and ethics development at the Primary level?
- What are the reasons behind the lack of ethics development of students.?
- What are the suggestions for the improvement of the situation?
The population of the study comprised girls studying at Deputy Ibrar Govt School of Pakistan.
A total of “40” students were taken as a sample of the study. Karachi City was taken as a Convenient sample by applying the Matched Pair Random Sampling Technique. So, the total sample size was 40 respondents including female students. This sample provides appropriate knowledge regarding all the students of the school they studying in the school.
All research methods and techniques that will be used in this study are given below.
Research methods may describe in three forms: Quantitative Method, Qualitative method and Mixed Method. In the study, a quantitative research method was used, because data was collected by using a questionnaire in the light of students’ and teachers’ perceptions.
It is descriptive and survey research about cooperative learning to improving ethics of 5th grade students”.
A population is otherwise called an all-around characterized gathering of people or questions known to have comparative attributes. All people or protests inside a specific population typically have a typical, restricting trademark or characteristic. The target population of this study was the students of Deputy Ibrar Govt School of Pakistan. The data was collected from student’s schools by filling up the questionnaire.
Convenient sampling technique was used in this study.
In research a sample is a gathering of individuals, that are taken from a bigger population for estimation. The example ought to be illustrative of the population to guarantee that we can sum up the discoveries from the exploration test to the population all in all. 40 students were selected from government school.
Data collection procedure
Data was collected by through questionnaires. One questionnaire was filled by one student according to his point of view. In this way 40 questionnaire filled by 40 respondents. On the base of this data know the opinion of students, find out the problems of students, and provided solution to sort out these problems. Open ended and closed ended questions were used for the purpose of data collection. In closed ended questionnaires 5 Likert point scale questions were developed in the form of strongly agreed (SA=5), Agree (A=4), Undecided (UD=3), Disagree (DA=2) and strongly Disagree (DA=1).
Data collection measure means the tool through which the data can be collected”. There are different sources of data collection like scales, proxies, and questions. In this study the researcher used appropriate research tools and software to analysis of data, like; SPSS 18 software analysis in which descriptive analysis was used to find out the frequency, percentage, means and minimum/maximum values etc.
The study used questionnaires as the main research instrument. The questionnaire is the form in which different questions are asked by the sample of the study to complete the goal of the study.
Questionnaires were three in counting and labeled as:
1-Closed Ended Questionnaire for students about cooperative learning and its impact on student’s ethics development.
2-Close Ended Questionnaire for students about ethics development of students.
3-Questionnaire for students’ suggestions for effective encouragement in the classroom.
Questionnaire for students:
The following main questions guided the collection and analysis of data for the present study. All the information that containing in these questions ultimately helpful for developing ethics development in students.
- All students are motivated to perform well in cooperative learning?
- Different techniques used to improve the ethics development of students?
- Rewards encourage the student to perform well?
- Are the students being socialing by cooperative learning?
- Parent teacher meeting helpful for the development of ethics skills in students.
- Cooperative learning improves the ethics development of students?
- Are the students happy after participating well in cooperative learning?
- Encouragement of the students develop ethics development?
- Does the misbehavior of students is change through cooperative learning?
- Teacher meet with parents to improve ethics development of the students?
Instruments, participants and procedures of quantitative data collection are presented in the following sections.
After the collection of the data, it was tabulated. Questionnaires were analyzed. After collecting data, the simple percentage and frequency model was applied to evaluate the score on different performance indicators to check the significance.
- Overall majority (98%) of the respondents agreed that Are students are motivated to perform well in cooperative learning.
- Overall majority (92%) of the respondents agreed that Different techniques used to improve the ethics development of students.
- Overall majority (98%) of the respondents agreed that Rewards encourage the student to perform well.
- Overall majority (97%) of the respondents agreed that Are the students being socialing by cooperative learning ship.
- Overall majority (95%) of the respondents agreed that Parent teacher meeting helpful for the development of ethics skills in students.
- Overall majority (96%) of the respondents agreed that cooperative learning improve the ethics development of students.
- Overall majority (98%) of the respondents agreed that Are the students happy after participating well in cooperative learning.
- Overall majority (99%) of the respondents agreed that Encouragement of the students develop ethics development.
- Overall majority (92%) of the respondents agreed that does the misbehavior of students is change through cooperative learning.
- Overall majority (95%) of the respondents agreed that Teacher meet with parents to improve ethics development of the students.
The researcher in this study, from the findings concluded by analysis the following conclusion:
Cooperative learning the most powerful tool of student’s ethics development. Encouragement to improve a response not only works better, but allows both parties to focus on the positive aspects of the situation. Punishment, when applied immediately following the negative behavior can be effective, but problems may result when it is not applied consistently. Punishment can also invoke other negative ethics responses, such as anger and resentment.
Teacher-student relationships are crucial for the success of both teachers and students. As a feature of classroom administration, such connections are the most noteworthy factor in deciding an educator’s work as effective. The impact of instructor’s conduct assumes a critical job in the scholastic accomplishment of understudies. An instructor needs to show outstanding sympathy, constancy, industriousness, truthfulness, examine introduction, trustworthiness and adaptability as a man. Instructors likewise should be mindful in the manner by which anything that a living being does that includes activity and reaction to incitement.
Teaching is the activity of teachers for the purposes of education. So, it is the duty of teachers to knowledge the students as well as to develop ethics them through cooperative learning. Teaching is an arrangement and manipulation of a situation in which building students ‘ethics.
That good classroom management strategies show that reward system develop discipline, critical thinking, student’s confidence policies, punctuality, self-discipline, leadership skills, confidence and ethics in Primary school students According to the perceptions of Primary school students (in open-ended question), majority of the respondents ( Primary school students) agreed that students ‘cooperative learning have a stronger effect on developing ethics development, punctuality, student’s confidence policies, leadership skill, teamwork, character development and adaptability.
University recommended me some developing basic skills in which theme and sub theme. My topic that I choose. Building Ethics trough cooperative learning among grade 5th students I choose this topic because I have to face problem about ethics development in the school. Because students feel shy when they have to perform in front of others. It is difficult to create ethics development in the students during teaching.
The sample comprised a total of 40 students drawn from Deputy Ibrar Govt School. They were selected by simple random sampling technique.
This study investigated student’s ethics development through cooperative learning among Primary school’s students. It also investigated the effects of school environment and management related differences on students’ academic performance in the concept of measurement when taught using hygienic environment and Unhygienic environment in the class.
Questionnaire Instrument used for students for data collection. Research design was descriptive. The result was finding that parent cooperative learning and encouragement develops ethics development in students regarding study. Teachers’ behavior and teaching method also impact on students ‘behavior.
The aim of this study was to investigate the role of Building Ethics trough cooperative learning among grade 5th students. My research in rural area basic skills. My project participants were the students of Deputy Ibrar Govt School. In rural areas mostly people not socialized.
Classroom positive reinforcement atmosphere is very important element in study because it helps in the learning of students. So, I used different technique for creating motivational atmosphere in the class to participate in cooperative learning to develop ethics. Students were happy and learn quickly on the base of hygienic atmosphere in the class. I feel pleasure. I think in our rural area’s teacher create motivational atmosphere in the class through parent teacher meetings then students have no problem of ethics. Students’ response to the implementation of teaching if they teach in hygienic atmosphere. I created hygienic atmosphere in the class through different activities. I learn that how to improve the student’s ethics and personality during the study. Finally, I feel satisfied.
It added some new things in my knowledge key points are given below.
- It made me good organizer.
- It made me ready for everything that is throw their way.
- It enabled me how to create motivational atmosphere in the classroom to develop ethics.
- It built confidence in me that how to deal with rural areas students for improving ethics development through cooperative learning.
- Before these activities I was not a good organizer.it made me innovative.
- I started find out new things before I have not insert. But when I started my project a grate change brought in my thinking.
- I capable to find out new things.
- It made me good effective teacher and mentor.
- It made me good role model.
- It made me confident. Teacher discipline can help influence other to be a better person.
- It made me capable to understand how to create classroom atmosphere according to student’s psyche to develop ethics development and personality at Primary level.
- It tells me how negative punishing atmosphere effect on student’s personality level and communication.
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