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ERIC Number: ED348920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Cooperative Learning and College Instruction: Effective Use of Student Learning Teams.
Cooper, James; And Others
This workbook presents guidelines and information on the use of cooperative learning (an instructional technique that requires students to work together in small, fixed groups on a structured learning task) and the development and implementation of student learning teams in postsecondary education. The workbook covers: (1) a definition of cooperative learning, evidence of its importance as an educational strategy for college instruction, and the advantages of applying cooperative learning at the college level; (2) features that characterize cooperative learning (e.g., positive interdependence and individual accountability); (3) the issues and decisions that need to be considered before beginning the first class meeting using a cooperative learning approach; (4) experimental applications of cooperative learning that can be implemented while still maintaining the classroom structure; (5) incorporation of cooperative learning strategies into classes which use more traditional formats such as lecture and discussion; (6) concerns about cooperative learning; and (7) an analytic review and synthesis of the key instructional elements which characterize the cooperative learning method and contribute to its educational effectiveness. Appendices include a sample of cooperative learning exercises in the area of research methods in education. Contains a 70-item bibliography. (GLR).
Descriptors: College Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Intergroup Relations, Learning Activities, Peer Teaching, Program Implementation, Self Directed Groups, Small Group Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teamwork
California State University Academic Publications Program, CSU Chancellor's Office, 400 Golden Shore, Suite 132, Long Beach, CA 90802 ($14).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Long Beach. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers: California State University Inst for Teach Learn; College Teaching and Learning Collection
Note: This document is part of a collection produced under the auspices of the California State University Institute for Teaching and Learning. The CSU/ITL, created in 1988, facilitates a 20-campus systemwide network of faculty affiliates in response to the demand for improved teaching and learning in the college classroom.