Successful Learning Experiences for Students

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Educators and professionals have tried for centuries to find the precise ingredients to craft the most successful learning system for students. Experimenting with the main contradictory methods of pure cooperation versus pure competition has provided answers. Cooperation offers a deeper understanding of material and concepts, as individual’s minds bring diverse views, which can be incredibly valuable to a group discussion. Competition intensifies and motivates students to study material in order to receive the best possible grade, but this method often results in mere memorization rather than genuinely absorbing new information. It also creates a tense and cutthroat environment that usually pulls anxious students, who are trained to win and be the “best”, apart. Also, some students are not as motivated in a cooperative classroom and do not put as much effort into projects or group discussions, as they are not exactly being graded on their individual contributions. In all honesty, while cooperation should be considered a higher value in education, competition must not be disregarded, as both are crucial to the most effective learning experience. John Tauer, Ph.D, an Associate Professor of Psychology and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at the University of St. Thomas, conducted four years of tests with his graduate advisor, Judith Harackiewicz, at his summer basketball camps. On the second day of camp, he had each player shoot 10 free throws in four scenarios. First group
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