Benefits Of Cooperative Learning For Student Engagement

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Moreover, despite all those well documented benefits of cooperative learning, many teachers still do not prefer to use this pedagogical practice in class, stated by Baines, Blatchford, and Kutnik (2003). The fact is that the cooperative learning requires teachers to have high awareness of students’ learning, good control of students challenging behaviors.
Based on the knowledge on cooperative learning, the approach of group work is introduced in the following paragraphs as the chosen pedagogical approach for language teaching practice in stage 4. Group work is an instructional strategy that allows teachers to address both intellectual and social learning goals (Cohen, 1994; Galton, Hargreaves, & Pell, 2009). The approach will be analyzed from two aspects, one is the impact on students’ social and attitudinal improvements, and the other aspect is on the academic gains.
Generally, Stage 4 is known as the transition stage. As emphasized in the Melbourne Declaration, the effective transitions between primary and secondary schools are an important aspect of ensuring student engagement (2008, p. 12). Student motivation and engagement in these years is critical, and can be influenced by tailoring approaches to teaching, with learning activities and learning environments that specifically consider the needs of middle year’s students.
As required by the K-10 language syllabus (2003) for language learning in Stage 4, the learning ought to promote a fair and just society that values…
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