This study aimed to find out if there was a significant difference in the performance of students in Reading using the Cooperative Learning Strategies (CLS) and Individual Work (Non-CLS). Focused group discussion was also done to find out students’ perceptions towards these strategies.
Two sections of Grade One students from Miriam College Grade School participated in this study. Counterbalanced design was used to compare CLS and Non-CLS. Though there is a significant difference in the performance of students in Reading, there is not enough evidence to show that this was due to the strategies employed. Both strategies elicited favorable and non-favorable responses from the students. In line with MCGS thrust of wholistic development, both strategies are equally important in learning.