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  • Group learning makes children better decision-makers, study finds

    Photo of Xin Zhang and Richard C. Anderson Working in collaborative groups may prepare children to make more thoughtful, reasoned decisions than traditional teacher-led instruction, suggests a new study by Xin Zhang, Richard C. Anderson and Joshua A. Morris of the University of Illinois. Zhang is a doctoral student in psychology, Anderson is director of the Center for the Study of Reading, and Morris is a graduate student.

    Working in collaborative groups may prepare children to make more thoughtful, reasoned decisions than traditional teacher-led instruction, suggests a new study by Xin Zhang, Richard C. Anderson and Joshua A. Morris of the University of Illinois. Zhang is a doctoral student in psychology, Anderson is director of the Center for the Study of Reading, and Morris is a graduate student.

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  •  Editor’s notes: To reach Xin (Emily) Zhang, call 217-377-0566; email xzhang85@illinois.edu

                               The paper “Improving Children’s Competence as Decision Makers: Contrasting Effects of Collaborative Interaction and Direct Instruction” is available online from Sage or the News Bureau.