ERIC Number: EJ1042375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Reference Count: 5
Making Cooperative Learning Powerful
Slavin, Robert E.
Educational Leadership, v72 n2 p22-26 Oct 2014
Just about everyone loves the "idea" of cooperative learning, children working productively and excitedly in groups, everyone getting along and enthusiastically helping one another learn. This article presents five strategies that teachers can use to get the greatest benefit possible from cooperative learning and ensure that collaboration enhances learning. They are: (1) Form interdependent teams--composed of diverse students who care about helping one another learn; (2) Set group goals--a target, product, or indicator, that shows a team has done a good job of getting every member to perform at his or her personal best; (3) Ensure individual accountability--all team members must master the targeted content or skills; (4) Teach communication and problem-solving skills--team members need to know how to make good use of the opportunity to work with one another; and (5) Integrate cooperative learning with other structures-- effective class lessons might also include teacher instruction, media-or computer-based activities, and individual assessments of various kinds. Research finds that if teachers make the five elements discussed here part of group learning, students learn more, feel more successful, love school, and enjoy the subject they're studying.
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Children, Teamwork, Goal Orientation, Accountability, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
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