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Unformatted text preview: ch mastery. • Students who demonstrate mastery of unit objectives are provided with enrichment activities or allowed to progress to the next unit. It should be emphasized that teachers may use a variety of teaching approaches with a mastery learning format. For example mastery learning can easily be combined with cooperative learning approaches (Laney, 1999). However, mastery learning is well suited to a behavioral approach to classroom teaching because it focuses on the teaching of specific objectives in a sequential manner, and students are encouraged to learn initial skills correctly before they progress to later skills. Effectiveness of Mastery Learning Classroom research on mastery learning has generally supported mastery learning as an effective instructional strategy (Block & Burns, 1976; Kulik, Kulik & Bangert-Downs, 1990a, 1990b; Guskey & Pigott, 1988). Supporters of mastery learning suggest that mastery learning increases the number of students who master course objectives, reduces the tendency to move stude...
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