About Cooperative LearningSo what is cooperative learning and why is it important?
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.
- What is Cooperative Learning?
- Cooperative Learning: a Practical Guide
- International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE)
- Kagan Professional Development
- The Johnson Brothers Cooperative Learning Institute
- Tribes Learning Communities
"When I started I was very shy and didn’t say much in a group. I didn’t think anybody would listen or care. Now I can talk in a group even if others disagree with me, and I’ve learned how to listen to others."
"In cooperative groups, you get to know others as individuals. You get to know how they feel and what they think."
Educator Testimonials"I used to put students in groups and it just didn’t work. Some kids tried to do it all and others contributed nothing. When I learned how cooperative learning could be different from unstructured group work and solve these problems, my teaching took off!"
"The self-confidence that the students develop in cooperative learning carries over to participation in larger groups. I’ve had students come to tell me that they are not afraid now to contribute in debates and discussions in their classes."