is Cooperative Learning?
learning is an instructional strategy that simultaneously addresses
academic and social skill learning by students. It is a well-researched
instructional strategy and has been reported to be highly successful
in the classroom. For a more in depth explanation of this strategy,
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is its purpose?
is an every increasing need for interdependence in all levels of
our society. Providing students with the tools to effectively work
in a collaborative environment should be a priority. Cooperative
Learning is one way of providing students with a well defined framework
from which to learn from each other. Students work towards fulfilling
academic and social skill goals that are clearly stated. It is a
team approach where the success of the group depends upon everyone
pulling his or her weight.
can I do it?
Basic Elements of Cooperative Learning
1. Positive Interdependence
2. Face-To-Face Interaction
3. Individual Accountability
4. Social Skills
5. Group Processing
basic elements of cooperative learning can be considered essential
to all interactive methods. Student groups are small, usually consisting
of two to six members. Grouping is heterogeneous with respect to
student characteristics. Group members share the various roles and
are interdependent in achieving the group learning goal. While the
academic task is of primary importance, students also learn the
importance of maintaining group health and harmony, and respecting
can I adapt it?
learning can take place in a variety of circumstances. For example,
brainstorming and tutorial groups, when employed as instructional
strategies, provide opportunities to develop cooperative learning
skills and attitudes.
and Evaluation Considerations
cooperative learning groups in action allows you to effectively
assess students' work and understanding. Cooperative learning groups
also offer a unique opportunity for feedback from peers and for