ERIC Number: ED367461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Cooperative Learning in the Elementary Classroom. Developments in Classroom Instruction Series.
Lyman, Lawrence; And Others
This book provides practicing educators with strategies for the successful implementation of cooperative learning in the classroom. Chapter 1 discusses the components of cooperative learning and how this practice meets the needs of students. Chapter 2 explains the process of restructuring the classroom into a cooperative environment. An 11-step process for implementing cooperative learning is outlined in chapter 3. Chapter 4 discusses social skills and conflict management in a cooperative learning environment. Suggestions for routine drill and practice activities are offered in chapter 5. Chapter 6 explains how thematic units make the curriculum more meaningful to students in the cooperative learning environment. Chapter 7 addresses individual and cultural differences and ways cooperative learning promotes positive interactions among students. Chapter 8 demonstrates the interaction of critical thinking and problem solving with cooperative learning. Chapter 9 describes how students use the brainstorming techniques of fluency, flexibility, categorization, originality, elaboration, and imagination to produce creative solutions to problems. Chapter 10 explains how the cooperative learning environment complements the whole language approach. Portfolios as an assessment tool are discussed in chapter 11. A postscript offers troubleshooting advice on initiating a cooperative learning program. A 48-item bibliography and an appendix with sample activity sheets mentioned in the book are included. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Class Organization, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Interpersonal Competence, Nontraditional Education, Portfolios (Background Materials), Problem Solving, Program Implementation, Teaching Methods, Thematic Approach, Whole Language Approach
NEA Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 3042-7-00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.