Successful implementation of cooperative learning

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Unformatted text preview: c for their group to research, These teams work with their teacher to design a research plan for their topic, they carry out the research plan under the teacher’s supervision, and they report their findings to the rest of the class. Students’ learning is evaluated as well as their contributions to their group. Research on cooperative learning. Research on the effects of cooperative learning have suggested that well-designed and executed cooperative learning can be effective for achieving a range of academic and social outcomes (Ellis & Fouts, 1997; Stevens & Slavin, 1995). These outcomes include improved social development, more positive relationships among students, and equal or superior 57 academic achievement in many cases when compared to other instructional strategies (Johnson, Johnson & Holubec, 1994). Successful implementation of cooperative learning, however, requires a great deal of skill on the part of the teacher. A number of variables including group composition, th...
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