ERIC Number: ED431729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-23
There Are Solutions for All Challenges of Cooperative Learning.
Geary, William T.
This ethnographic case study investigated the challenges of six elementary teachers who attempted to embrace, comprehend, and apply elements of cooperative learning. The study examined solutions that teachers found effective in dealing with problems they encountered when using cooperative learning. Over the course of 1 year, researchers collected data from planning meetings, site visits with observations, questionnaires, individual interviews, and focus group discussions. Much of the data from teachers were self-report data. Researchers collected the data before, during, and after staff development sessions designed to help educators implement cooperative learning. The paper presents a quick summary of concerns about cooperative learning and an outline of solutions that were observed or reported. The summary focuses on whether: students are learning, high achievers are penalized, cooperation prepares students for success in a competitive world, group formation is problematic, one individual can subvert the group, group grading is unfair, students are overwhelmed by the responsibility, students are culturally unprepared for teamwork, behavior in cooperative learning presents a challenge, students form cliques and isolate others, and there is too much information with too little time. (Contains 72 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).