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ERIC Number: ED304962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Pages: 10
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Cooperative Learning Methods and the Adult Learner.
Lyons, Paul
The characteristics of cooperative instructional designs are defined, and their effect in enhancing adult motivation and learning is discussed. Following a discussion of some aspects of adult needs in the instruction environment, the critical features of control theory, synergogy, and cooperative learning in general are examined. The advantages and limitations of specific cooperative instructional designs are identified. An instructional design is proposed that is intended to maximize the effectiveness of instruction for both the learner and the instructor. It is concluded that for maximum achievement, the cooperative learning design should include such elements as: task specialization for each individual on the team; group study and collaboration; assessment of individual member performance on a task; a group or team "score" based on individual members' performance; and use of specific group rewards based on individual learning. An example of such a cooperative learning design is provided. Contains 10 references. (KM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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