ERIC Number: ED356220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Infusing a Multicultural Perspective in Teacher Education through Cooperative Learning.
Didham, Cheryl K.
This paper discusses what teacher education programs can do to prepare teachers for diverse classrooms. One approach is through cooperative learning, since children come to school with various orientations to cooperative behavior. Many teachers, however, jump into cooperative activities with little thought of the behaviors needed by students to work together. Helping children understand the value of cooperative learning and teaching appropriate behaviors for group work and group success need to be a major goal of the teacher. Teacher preparation programs should lead the way in modeling and teaching cooperative techniques. A majority of teachers experience failure when using cooperative learning due to a lack of preparation of their students in social skills. Prosocial behavior should transfer to other activities children engage in; if taught correctly, children should maintain the same behavior in any other situation. Since teachers are called upon to produce not only good learners but good people, teaching children to cooperate at school will transfer to home, play, and eventually to work. Also presented are selected success stories of teachers' experiences with cooperative education. (Contains 8 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (73rd, Los Angeles, CA, February 13-17, 1993).