Presentation on theme: "Definitions and elements"— Presentation transcript:
1 Definitions and elements Cooperative learningDefinitions and elements
2 Cooperative learningCooperative learning is structuring positive interdependenceStudents work in groups to complete tasks collectively toward academic goalsThey take advantage of one another’s resources and skillsThe teacher’s role changes from giving information to facilitating student’s learning.Everyone succeeds when the group succeedsTasks should be intellectually demanding, creative, open-ended and involve higher order thinking skills.
3 Cooperative learningCooperative learning is different to collaborative learning.
4 Cooperative vs Collaborative Cooperative learningCollaborative learningDifferent levels of abilityUse variety of learning activities to improve understanding of a subjectEach is responsible for learning but also helping team mates learnEach person is responsible for a portion of the workWikispacesLearning is a naturally social act in which the participants talk among themselvesIt is through the talk that learning occursParticipants work together to solve a problemSharing experiences with each otherPlus+ program!
5 Key Characteristics of cooperative learning Brown and Ciuffetelli Parker (2009) and Siltala (2010) show that there are 5 basic essential elements to cooperative learning:1. Positive interdependenceStudents must fully participate and put in effort within their group.Each group member has a task/role/responsibility – they must believe that they are responsible for their learning and that of their group.
6 Key Characteristics of cooperative learning 2. Face-to-face promotive interactionMembers promote each other’s successStudents explain to each other what they have or are learning and assist each other with understanding and completion of assignments3. Individual and Group accountabilityEach student must demonstrate mastery of the content being studiedEach student is accountable for their learning and work
7 Key Characteristics of cooperative learning 4. Social skillsSocial skills need to be taught in order for successful cooperative learning.Skills include effective cooperation, interpersonal and group skills.LeadershipDecision-makingTrust-buildingCommunicationConflict-management skills
8 Key Characteristics of cooperative learning 5. Group ProcessingEvery so often groups must assess their effectiveness and decide how it can be improved.
9 SummaryCooperative learning must have students moving towards a group goal and success must be reliant on each individual’s learning.Students must know exactly what their responsibilities are and that they are accountable to the group. Each member must have a task that they are responsible for which cannot be completed by any other group member.
10 What does cooperative learning look like in the classroom?