ERIC Number: ED345445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-14
Three Strategies That Enhance Participation in Cooperative Learning Activities for Students with Learning Disabilities.
Schwenn, John; Goor, Mark
The difficulties that students with learning disabilities experience in cooperative learning activities include failure to attend to their peers, low levels of participation, inappropriate interactions with peers, and inactive learning. Three techniques are suggested to improve performance during cooperative learning activities. The first technique is application of a learning strategies approach. Training procedures include the use of preprinted index cards to help students focus on the group activity, use self-monitoring, and complete a comprehension self-check. An accompanying script is provided for use by the special education teacher to introduce the strategy cards. The second approach involves peer coaching. The students' index card for this technique focuses on understanding the group's goals, encouraging others to participate in group work, and ascertaining achievement of the goal. A script for teaching the technique also accompanies the peer coaching index card. The third procedure involves a reminder list for classroom teachers, outlining teacher behaviors found to facilitate cooperative learning activities. The list includes such suggestions as "explain what the group's finished product should be" and "teach students to self-evaluate." (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (70th, Baltimore, MD, April 13-17, 1992).