Co-Operative Group versus Individual Evaluations of Instruction in Professional In-Service Training

Michael A.R. Townsend, Dennis W. Moore

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School principals and senior school administrators evaluated an in-service training course in which they had participated, concerned with the use of co-operative learning programs in schools. Approximately half of the participants made their evaluations as individuals, whereas the remaining participants made their evaluations as members of three-person groups which were asked to reach consensus on each rating item. Course evaluations were more positive in the group-evaluation condition. The results are discussed in terms of group polarisation theory and validity issues concerning the uses of such evaluations in higher education settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-146
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • cooperative programs
  • evaluation methods
  • group dynamics
  • inservice education
  • professional development
  • teacher evaluation

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