n Pythagoras - Collaborative learning in a multilingual class

Volume 2008, Issue 68
  • ISSN : 1012-2346
  • E-ISSN: 2223-7895


The solving of word problems dealing with fractions was investigated. Two sets of learners worked in solving the same tasks on fractions. One set of learners worked collaboratively and the other group consisted of learners working independently. The selected participants consisted of two Grade 8 classes at a high school in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The study was a qualitative one involving lesson observations, analysis of learner worksheets, questionnaires and interviews. The two tasks were presented in the form of word problems and the classroom comprised of multilingual learners. Data yielded by these research instruments confirmed assumptions and literature claims. Although it was a small scale qualitative research, interesting observations were made that could have pedagogical implications.

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