The Ideas And Implementation Of Cooperative Learning

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This paper explores the ideas and implementation of cooperative learning, and how it can benefit the classroom. It looks at different sources that show research on this teaching strategy and the benefits that it could have on students social skills, academic success, and over all attitude towards school. It also explains some different types of cooperative techniques that teachers can use in their classrooms.



In the education world, things are always changing. There are several different theories that educators look to when they are deciding the best ways to teach their classrooms. These theories also
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They will need to rely on each other in order to successfully complete their own job which will help the group complete the entire task. It is important to remember that each group member will be held accountable for their own roles, and also how they participate in the group. 2
Lev Vygotsky, a Soviet psychologist created a theory which believes that humans need social interaction for their cognitive development. Gallagher (1999) states “Basically Vygotsky 's theory suggests that development depends on interaction with people and the tools that the culture provides to help form their own view of the world”. Another part of this theory is the Zone of Proximal Development. The idea here is that a student will complete a task that they cannot do alone, with the help of a more skilled peer, or even the guidance of an instructor. Throughout this process the child will become more socialized and then in turn, this will improve their cognitive development (Gallagher 1999).
The Benefits of Cooperative Learning. There are some subjects, where working in groups is practiced more frequently than others. For example, many students are use to working in groups on a science experiment, or working as a team in physical education courses, or maybe even for a project in social studies. However, working with their peers
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