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Stahl, Robert J. – 1994
In successfully establishing and having students complete group tasks within a cooperative learning framework, 14 essential elements must be present. The elements necessary for cooperative learning are: (1) a clear set of specific student learning outcome objectives; (2) all students in the group accept the targeted outcome; (3) clear and complete…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Activities, Group Discussion
Anderson, Neil J. – 2002
This digest examines the role metacognition can play in the teaching and learning of a second language. Understanding and controlling cognitive processes may be one of the most essential skills that classroom teachers can help second language learners develop. Rather than focus students' attention solely on learning the language, second language…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Metacognition, Second Language Instruction
Kagan, Spencer – 1995
Language Acquisition is determined by a complex interaction of a number of critical input, output, and context variables. This digest examines these variables and reveals that cooperative learning has a dramatic positive impact on almost all of the variables critical to language acquisition. The examination looks at how cooperative learning…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education, English (Second Language)
Barnett, Harvey – 2001
Over the last 20 years, K-12 schools have spent millions of dollars equipping their schools with the latest technologies, but often without a thoughtful plan of how their use would impact learning and teaching. What is important is how the technology is integrated with the instructional program. To ensure that technology dollars have an impact on…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Finance, Educational Planning
Lin, Chia-Hui – 2001
Philosophical and methodological differences exist regarding how best to instruct and encourage young children to read and write. In America, teaching reading and writing to young children has always been an area of controversy and debate, and it remains so today. The purpose of this digest is to review various studies and to identify essential…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Early Childhood Education
Kielsmeier, James C. – 1988
This digest offers camp leaders, outdoor experiential educators, school and college faculty, or youth agency staff who are interested in nurturing youth leaders a framework for designing youth leadership programs which employ an outdoor setting as a "leadership classroom." Basic categories for leadership theory are defined: trait theory,…
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Experiential Learning, Leadership Styles, Leadership Training
Frauenknecht, Marianne – 2003
Comprehensive school health education (CSHE) can help youth obtain the greatest benefits from education and become healthy and productive adults. One child out of four has an emotional, social, or physical health limitation that interferes with learning. Because schools have the capacity to reach 53 million students every year for 12 years, they…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Comprehensive School Health Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
Adkins, Carol; Simmons, Bora – 2002
This digest examines the definitions of outdoor, experiential, and environmental education and clarifies the boundaries and essential elements of each tradition. Early in its history, outdoor education was influenced by advocates of camping education and nature study. Today outdoor education includes outdoor experiences designed to meet objectives…
Descriptors: Definitions, Educational History, Educational Principles, Environmental Education
Ngeow, Karen; Kong, Yoon-San – 2001
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an educational approach that challenges students to "learn to learn"--students work cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real-world problems and, more importantly, to develop skills to become self-directed learners. PBL is unique in its integral emphasis on core content along with problem solving.…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Higher Education
Lyman, Lawrence; Foyle, Harvey C. – 1988
This ERIC Digest discusses reasons for using cooperative learning approaches in preschool centers and primary school classrooms, ways to implement the strategy, and the long-term benefits for children's education. It is pointed out that early childhood educators can use many of the strategies currently used to encourage cooperation and interaction…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Outcomes of Education
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO. – 1985
This ERIC Digest describes research findings, mainly in elementary social studies classrooms, on the effects of cooperative learning on multicultural awareness and cross-ethnic friendships, interpersonal relationships, and prosocial behavior. Research findings on cooperative techniques in the classroom are summarized as follows: compared with…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cooperation, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Interrelationships
Cairns, Kathleen – 1995
Career educators and counselors have long recognized that factual information about careers and employability skills, presented in traditional classroom formats, do not prepare students to enter the workplace. This digest explores the move toward stronger experiential learning in career education. Career education initiatives such as work…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Career Development, Career Education, Careers
Larkin, Martha – 2002
This digest discusses using scaffolding instruction to optimize student learning by providing a supportive environment while facilitating student independence. It begins by identifying the following eight essential elements of scaffolding instruction that teachers can use as general guidelines: (1) pre-engagement with the student and the…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Peer Teaching
Ngeow, Karen Yeok-Hwa – 1998
This Digest discusses approaches to group learning in the language classroom, presenting some principles that are common to any group learning approach, whether it be cooperative learning, student team learning, group investigation, or collaborative learning. The Digest also discusses the Collaborative Learning Model (Reid et al., 1989) which…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Activities, Group Instruction
Ishii, Drew K. – 2003
Many educators may or may not be familiar with the term constructivism, but probably recognize it as something to do with learning. The main tenet of constructivist learning is that people construct their own understanding of the world and in turn, their own knowledge. This ERIC Digest examines the constructivist view of learning and how it…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education
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