ERIC Number: ED322121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
An Integrative Model of the Classroom: The Enhancement of Cooperation in Learning.
Cooperative learning aims to enhance students' on-task interactive behaviors in the classroom. Observation in Israeli elementary schools has indicated that interactive behavior of students in their learning sequence holds potential for quality cooperation and help among children, but that teachers lack the skills to structure learning tasks that will enhance a high level of cooperation. Based on prior research an integrative model of the classroom was developed, and a detailed developmental stage taxonomy was suggested to describe, explain, guide, and predict students' cooperative interaction in all types of classroom structures. The model is based on six related dimensions: (1) the physical organization of the classroom; (2) the nature of the learning task; (3) the instructional mode of the teacher; (4) the communication pattern of the teacher; (5) student social-learning behaviors; and (6) students' academic-cognitive behavior. This model and the research that followed indicate that variation in learning task structures and teacher behavior are the main factors in shaping students' behaviors. The inclusion of cooperative learning as part of the daily experience in the classroom is proposed. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 17-20, 1990).