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Unformatted text preview: e nature of assigned task and materials, students’
personalities and students’ interpersonal skills can influence the success of
cooperative learning (Cohen, 1994; Cohen, Lotan, & Catanzarite, 1990; Webb &
Farivar, 1994; King, 1991; Tudge, 1990). For example, teachers need to assign
learning tasks that can be better accomplished by working with others than by
working alone (Cohen, 1994). If learning tasks are provided that best could be
accomplished working alone, students may see no reason to develop positive
interdependence in their groups. Also, students’ personalities need to be
considered in forming groups. Tudge (1990) found that highly confident but less
competent students can convince less confident but more competent students to
accept a less correct perspective on a problem.
Getting started with cooperative learning. Cooperative learning is a
complicated instructional strategy. At the end of the chapter, we provide some
web resources for gaining additional information about thi...
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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014 for the course EPS 324 at N. Arizona.
- Spring '08