A STUDY OF GRADE 12 STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS ON THE USE OF THE COOPERATIVE LEARNING APPROACH FOR THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING AT THE SELECTED SCHOOL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND
Keywords:Cooperative Learning Approach, Students’ Perceptions, English Language Teaching, and Learning.
This study was mainly to determine the students’ perceptions on the use of cooperative learning approach for the English language teaching and learning at the selected school in Bangkok, Thailand and to determine whether there were any significant differences between students’ perceptions on the use of cooperative learning approach for English teaching and learning and students’ gender and achievement (GPAX). The respondents were 130 grade 12 students and two English teachers at the selected school during academic year 2020. The data were collected by questionnaire and two interview forms. The data were analyzed by descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviation, independent sample t- test and ANOVA) and content analysis.
The findings of this study indicated that (1) the grade 12 students’ perceptions were positive in all areas to cooperative learning activities in English language teaching and learning at the selected school; (2) there were no significant differences between students’ gender and perceptions of the use of cooperative learning , there were also no significant differences between students’ achievement (GPAX) and perceptions of the use of cooperative learning. (3) the students found that the effects of cooperative learning include great communication, increase motivation and interest while sometimes the class would be noisy; the teachers found that the effects of cooperative learning include improvement of contribution and discussion between students, decrease problems of teaching while group work would spend more time.
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