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ERIC Number: ED354775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 11
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Cooperative Approaches to Language Learning.
Hirst, Lois A.; Slavik, Christy
Ways that both cultural differences and learning styles affect a child's ability to learn and use language are discussed and applied to the situation faced by Native American students. Cultural differences are cited as holding the answer to questions about the Native American student's lack of success on standardized tests and in the American education system in general. The following topics are examined: brain research in terms of learning style preference; students' home culture and varying behavior standards (e.g., silence versus talking); cooperative learning and group participation in which outcome results from common effort; cooperative learning and reading in terms of the cooperative and social nature of literacy; the Shared Book Experience Approach developed by Holdaway; and the role of cooperative learning in science instruction. It is concluded that research confirms that approaches to language learning that incorporate opportunities to use all learning modalities in cooperative contexts are optimal for all children. The strategies are particularly appropriate for Native American children who learn best by using all their senses in environments where cooperation is emphasized. Contains 14 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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