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ERIC Number: ED516932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Working with Cooperative Small Groups. Classroom Tips
American Federation of Teachers (NJ)
Diversified small groups in the classroom provide a good opportunity for students to share information and ideas with each other. The research on cooperative small groups points out the benefits of these interactions and describes the process as a powerful forum for developing students' critical thinking and higher-order skills: (1) Cooperative small groups require students to learn from each other through their interactions; (2) Cooperative small groups have positive effects on students' interpersonal relationships in the classroom and can improve attitudes of students of different races, ethnicities and academic abilities toward one another; (3) Cooperative small groups have a positive effect on achievement and are particularly effective in promoting conceptual and higher-level learning; (4) Participation is essential to learning in small groups and can be fostered in a variety of ways; (5) The teacher's role in structuring and evaluating classroom activities greatly influences interaction patterns in the classroom; and (6) Implementing cooperative groups in the classroom represents a shift from direct to indirect instruction and supervision on the part of the teacher. This paper offers tips for working with cooperative small groups.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers