ERIC Number: ED350277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Practice of Teaching: Cooperative Learning.
Castle, Shari; Arends, Richard I.
Analysis of conversations among teachers and researchers who are participants in a national computer network, the School Renewal Network, provides insights into cooperative learning and its implementation, as well as the role that collegial electronic networks can play in school reform. This paper presents data collected from a small group discussion among participants representing four of the seven elementary, junior high, and high schools in the network. The paper describes what has occurred in the schools represented, reports changes in thinking and practice, and discusses the Network's contribution and impact. In addition, across-the-board issues identified by schools that participated in a cooperative learning session on the network are outlined. Analysis of the data collected indicates that: (1) use of cooperative learning in participating schools increased between 1988 and 1992; (2) instruction during this period has moved toward a more active, student-centered activity; and (3) teachers' knowledge and expertise about cooperative learning have increased. Issues important to network teachers have been: developmentally appropriate implementation, formation of cooperative learning groups, unequal influence of group members, rewards and assessment, curriculum coverage, and need to detract schools. It is also evident that the School Renewal Network provides a paradigm for dissemination that is very different from traditional knowledge utilization and dissemination models. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reform Efforts; School Renewal Network
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).