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The authors examined the effects of team-based learning implemented in grade 8 social studies classes on student content acquisition. Results indicated that team-based learning was implemented only in treatment classes and that teachers demonstrated a novice level of implementation. The authors then examined the effects of the treatment implementation on measures of content acquisition. Significant differences in favor of the treatment condition were noted in the number of accurate content ideas produced in a written essay.


Wanzek, J., Kent, S. C., Vaughn, S., Swanson, E., Roberts, G., & Haynes, M. (2015). Implementing team-based learning in middle school social studies classes. The Journal of Educational Research, 108(4), 1–14. doi:10.1080/00220671.2014.893224

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U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences


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Middle School