ERIC Number: EJ1145577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
The Plot Thickens: Supporting Pre-Service Teachers in Authentic Use of Cooperative Learning through the Storypath Instructional Approach
Stevahn, Laurie; McGuire, Margit E.
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v43 n3 p316-327 2017
Pre-service teachers typically find it challenging to implement cooperative learning authentically in schools given the complexities of classroom environments. Curriculum integration also is demanding because it requires combining research-informed pedagogies and best practices to promote academic and social learning. This article describes how Storypath, a narrative approach to organising the curriculum, assists novice teachers in skilfully implementing cooperative learning and meaningfully integrating it with other best practices. It begins by describing cooperative learning's central role in Seattle University's Master in Teaching (MIT) programme, along with elements foundational to cooperative work. It continues by explaining how Storypath scaffolds pre-service teachers' capacity to successfully facilitate cooperative learning, then provides a specific example focused on environmental sustainability. The example illustrates how Storypath naturally creates positive interdependence among participants, thereby nurturing compelling successful cooperative experiences in creating the story. The article concludes with reflections on impact from MIT graduates.
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Narration, Novices, Best Practices, Integrated Activities, Masters Programs, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Skill Development, Problem Based Learning, Competency Based Teacher Education, Barriers, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Lesson Plans
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Washington (Seattle)