ERIC Number: ED216186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Cooperative Education Is a Superior Strategy for Using Basic Learning Processes.
Reed, V. Gerald
Cooperative education is a learning strategy that fits very well with basic laws of learning. In fact, several basic important learning processes are far better adapted to the cooperative education strategy than to methods that lean entirely on classroom instruction. For instance, cooperative education affords more opportunities for reinforcement, practice, and overlearning. In addition, co-op settings enjoy the natural advantage of any individualized learning setting in assuring that it progresses and pauses in synchrony with the student's attentiveness. Because the concrete experiences occurring in co-op assignments provide meaningfulness to concepts, they can be grasped more fully and thoroughly. Finally, models in co-op jobs provide extensive demonstrations of appropriate behavior patterns in a variety of real situations that are rewarded or punished appropriately. While additional examination of learning processes would doubtlessly reveal other important advantages of the co-op method, these should suffice to challenge faculty, particularly co-op educators, to explore and develop more fully the relationships between learning objectives of co-op assignments and those of students' major disciplines. (MN)
Descriptors: Association (Psychology), Attention, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Cooperative Education, Educational Benefits, Educational Strategies, Imitation, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Modeling (Psychology), Observational Learning, Position Papers, Program Effectiveness, Reinforcement, Stimuli
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Cooperative Education Association Conference (Las Vegas, NV, April 6-8, 1982).