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ERIC Number: EJ772705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Cooperative Learning: A Foundation for Race Dialogue
Sapp, Jeff
Teaching Tolerance, n30 p51-54 Fall 2006
In hundreds of schools across the U.S., cooperative learning has helped administrators and teachers increase academic achievement and equip students with the ability to speak and work across lines of race, class and gender. Cooperative learning encourages education in a democratic environment. Student interaction at every level of school fosters comfort and confidence in speaking with others. The more students speak and get to know each other, the more compassionate they are toward each other. Cooperative learning centers on three principles: (1) Simultaneous interaction: The more students talk with each other, the more they will be engaged and the better they will learn; (2) Positive interdependence: The success of every team and every team member is not possible without the success and contribution of each member; and (3) Individual accountability: By taking responsibility for a specific portion of the project--and being graded for that--each student becomes individually accountable. Lincoln Elementary School in Long Beach, California and Discovery Academy of Lake Alfred in Florida are two examples of the benefits of cooperative learning in action.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida