ERIC Number: EJ1041374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Cooperative Learning: Improving University Instruction by Basing Practice on Validated Theory
Johnson, David W.; Johnson, Roger T.; Smith, Karl A.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v25 n3-4 p85-118 2014
Cooperative learning is an example of how theory validated by research may be applied to instructional practice. The major theoretical base for cooperative learning is social interdependence theory. It provides clear definitions of cooperative, competitive, and individualistic learning. Hundreds of research studies have validated its basic propositions and demonstrated that cooperative learning (compared with competitive and individualistic learning) increases students' efforts to achieve, encourages positive relationships with classmates and faculty, and improves psychological health and well being. Operational procedures have been derived from the validated theory to implement cooperative learning in university classes, including those needed to implement formal cooperative learning, informal cooperative learning, and cooperative base groups.
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Instructional Improvement, College Instruction, Theory Practice Relationship, Social Theories, Educational Research, Meta Analysis
Miami University. 303 South Patterson Avenue, Oxford, OH 45056. Tel: 513-529-9265; Fax: 513-529-9264; Web site: http://www.muohuo.edu/ject
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A