S-Space College of Education (사범대학) Center for Educational Research (교육종합연구원) SNU Journal of Education Research SNU Journal of Education Research vol.12 (2002)
Cooperation and Competition in a Korean Middle School English Class: A Case Study
- Lee, Sung-Lim
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 교육종합연구원
- SNU Journal of Education Research, Vol.12, pp. 135-159
- The purpose of this study is to describe the culture of the middle school English classroom
from a viewpoint focusing on cooperation and competition. Being basically ethnographic, this
study examines the macro- and micro-level context of the interaction among students in
class. The findings of this study reveal that the ultimate purpose of cooperation among
students as group members in performing a learning task is to win intergroup competitions.
In the classroom, the principle of cooperative learning intended by learning activities and the
principle of competition pervasive in society collided with each other, and competitive
interaction still seems to have a more significant effect on the progress of the class than does
cooperative interaction. In a situation without any explicit instruction on cooperative
learning, the larger sociocultural context seems to wield a greater influence on the students'
behavior than do teaching methods devised by the teacher.