The Impact of Cooperative Learning Activities in Turkish Courses on 21st Century Learning and Innovation Skills Development

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Number of pages: 1539-1559

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This study aims to develop students’ creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills, which are included in 21st-century learning and innovation skills, through cooperative learning activities in Turkish courses. Utilizing the embedded mixed methods, the study was managed with 66 students in the 6th grade from a secondary school in Bolu.  In the quantitative dimension of the study, pre-test and post-test control group quasi-experimental design was used. Moreover, to incorporate the participants’ views and perspectives into the experimental results, the qualitative data collected through observation, interview, and student diary were utilized. The pretests were administered in the fall of the academic years, 2018-2019, and then, a 13-week qualitative data collection procedure was followed. After completing the implementations, the participants were posttested. Accordingly, the study revealed that the Turkish courses implemented according to cooperative learning activities contributed to the students’ collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity skills development as well as all the dimensions related to these skills.

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