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The Benefits of Cooperative Learning

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Cooperative learning can be so much fun for students and teachers. But, what is cooperative learning, and can it be successful in teaching objectives in the classroom?

Cooperative learning is team work and students working together to complete an assignment. Each team member is expected to do his or her share of the work.  Group work in the classroom is known to develop better learning and colleague skills.Students also become better prepared for the work world.

Yes, studies indicate that cooperative learning can be very effective. But, there are methods that teachers should follow in order to develop the maximum student achievement.

Cooperative learning involves may types of skill sets.Group interaction, accountability, social skills, and positive interdependence abilities are encouraged. The teacher is able to see how group members
interact.The instructor is also able to talk to the group or individuals about any difficulties that they are having with the material.

Learners of all ages enjoy cooperative learning. How about your class? For more resources, and a list of cooperative learning how-to’s read on!

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by Lynn Horn

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References

Dahley, A. M. (1994). Cooperative learning classroom research. Retrieved from http://alumni.media.mit.edu/~andyd/mindset/design/clc_rsch.html

Felder, R.M., Brent, R. (n.d.). Cooperative learning. Retrieved from http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/CLChapter.pdf

Links to Cooperative Learning Ideas

The Jigsaw Classroom
https://www.jigsaw.org/

A research-based cooperative learning format invented  used  successfully by many classrooms.
How to Use Cooperative Learning
A step-by-step guide to cooperative learning and how it can be accomplished in 5 easy steps.
Cooperative Learning for the Middle Level
A 16 paged packet that compares traditional methods with cooperative learning, how to use cooperative learning, effective uses, grading and alternative methods such as game playing and review.
Cooperative Learning for the Science Classroom
This article is geared to high school science teachers on how to formulate cooperative groups, the  methods and kinds of science tasks that may be performed.

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