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
Tie-Play Educational Resources
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