So what is cooperative learning and why is it important?
Cooperative learning is an approach to teaching and learning that involves problem solving, learning through talk, positive interdependence, individual accountability and emphasis on both academic and social skills.
Cooperative Learning Is:
Students work in small groups to complete a task, reflecting on the learning process, communicating ideas, building self-confidence and promoting a community atmosphere.
Cooperative learning is one of the most highly researched educational innovations and has been proven to be an effective learning strategy. The strategy seeks to prepare students for the interdependent nature of the work world by allowing them the opportunity to develop the social skills and work ethics needed for the future.