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ERIC Number: ED214902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching About Cooperation.
Wynne, Edward A.
Teacher education programs inadequately prepare teachers to teach students to participate in the many forms of cooperation which are inherent in life. Although teachers have the responsibility of helping students learn how to live and be productive in social groups, students in colleges of education are not usually trained to oversee and grade groups. Sometimes student teachers, during their course work, are put into groups to work on class assignments. However, when all student teachers working in a group are given the same individual grades, or given different individual grades on the basis of their non-group activity, the work of the group is not being properly graded. As a result, student teachers are not learning to use groups in their own classrooms. When professors assign college students group projects, they are often reluctant to apply grading policies which recognize the different contributions of different members, and so everyone is given the same grade. Many able, grade-oriented education students who have such experiences become "anti-group" because they feel they were victimized by others in the group who contributed little to the endeavor. Examples are presented for developing flexible groups that allow students to learn how to deal with confrontations and differences tactfully. Suggestions for ways to grade the final group and its work are also made. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 22, 1982).