Jigsaw Groups and the Desegregated Classroom: In Pursuit of Common Goals

  title={Jigsaw Groups and the Desegregated Classroom: In Pursuit of Common Goals},
  author={Elliot Aronson and Diane L. Bridgeman},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={438 - 446}
The desegregated classroom has not produced many of the positive results initially expected by social scientists some 25 years ago. It is argued that one of the major reasons for this failure is the over-emphasis on competitiveness at the expense of interdependence in the classroom. In short, students in most classrooms very rarely cooperate with each other in pursuit of common goals. In this article, we describe a program of research in wihich elementary school students are "forced" to spend… Expand
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