ERIC Number: ED457225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-14
Cooperative Learning: Effective Approach to a Multicultural Society.
Tension and anxiety are prevalent among students from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. With the rapidly changing population demographics of the United States and the significant growth of diverse multicultural groups, schools and professionals are being challenged as to how to provide the best comprehensive education to their increasingly diverse student populations. This paper describes how cooperative learning can be a powerful educational approach for helping all students attain content standards and develop interpersonal skills necessary for achieving success in a multicultural world. The paper focuses on three issues: (1) the effective elements of cooperative learning (i.e., positive interdependence, face-to-face interaction, individual accountability, and social skills group processing; (2) theoretical research supporting cooperative learning and its positive influence for diverse students; and (3) implications for theory and practice of cooperative learning for diversity. (Contains 40 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).