Introduction to the Structural Approach to Cooperative Learning

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Published on February 25, 2014




Here is a presentation that presents an introduction to the structural approach to cooperative learning, a very effective and versatile approach through which classroom teaching-learning sessions can come alive and be made more student-centered.

Introduction to Cooperative Learning Principles of Teaching Payam Shoghi

Cooperative Learning? * Definition * “An instructional arrangement in which small groups or teams of students work together to achieve team-success in a manner that promotes the students’ responsibility for their own learning as well as the learning of others. [Mercer & Mercer, 2001]

What is Cooperative Learning? Superior to individual/competitive learning  Students work together in small groups to maximize their own and each other’s learning  Provides students the opportunity to practice skills or learn content given by teacher  Largest empirical and research base of any educational innovation 

What Cooperative Learning is NOT? Any group-work is NOT cooperative learning. If not done well…  Groups get into conflicts and power struggles  A member sits quietly, too shy to participate  One member does the work, while the other members talk about unrelated things  A more talented member comes up with all the answers, dictates to the group, or works separately, ignoring other group members

Cooperative Learning needs to be Structured It does not occur by chance  Facilitate learning; don’t allow things to just happen  Cannot be based on the assumption that all students have proper social and learning skills  Occurs best only when essential components for each cooperative learning activity are ensured  Need to be learned, practiced and mastered 

Three Standards of Cooperative Learning  Active Listening  Happy Talk  Everyone Participates

Teaching Methodology in Cooperative Learning  Explain  Demonstrate  Practice

Six Key Elements of Cooperative Learning Teams  Classroom Management  Will to Cooperate  Skill to Cooperate  Four Basic Principles  Cooperative Learning Structures 

Concept 1: Teams  What is a Cooperative team? Strong, positive team identity among students Four members (preferably) Endures over time Heterogeneous Teams learn to learn together

Concept 1: Teams…  How are teams formed? Based on friendships or interests? – Can have discipline problems; exclusivity: leaving others out Random teams? – Can end up with four low achievers on the same team Teacher assigned heterogeneous teams?–Maximize the probability of peer tutoring and improving diverse-background and cross-gender relations

Concept 1: Teams…  How big should teams be? Four per team: Allows pairs work which doubles participation Teams of more than four do not allow for enough participation and are harder to manage

Concept 2: Management Room and Seating Arrangement  Quiet Signal  Class Rules and Consequences  Giving Positive Attention  Teacher and Student Modeling  Blackboard Management 

Concept 3: Will to Cooperate  Three ways in which the will to cooperate is created and maintained: Teambuilding Classbuilding Task and reward structures, including recognition systems

Concept 3: Will to Cooperate…  Teambuilding and Classbuilding Team and classbuilding provide unique learning experiences not offered by traditional methods that focus only on academic content Found in workplace–should be in classrooms too

Concept 4: Skill to Cooperate  Developing Social Skills (a defining characteristic of Cooperative Learning) Modeling Defining Reinforcing Role-playing Structures Reflection (debriefing)

Concept 5: Basic Principles  Four Basic Principles of Cooperative Learning Positive Interdependence Individual Accountability Equal Participation Simultaneous Interaction

Concept 5: Basic Principles…  Positive Interdependence The success of every team member is not possible without success/contributions of each The success of a team is not possible without success or contribution of each member

Concept 5: Basic Principles…  Individual Accountability Each student is responsible for a unique portion of a team’s learning product Whatever the form of individual accountability, the contribution of each individual is valuable to the team

Concept 5: Basic Principles…  Equal Participation Every student is actively involved in the learning process No passive learners Success of the team depends on participation of all team members

Concept 5: Basic Principles…  Simultaneous Interaction Discuss Topics: All students discuss views in pairs Share Answers: All students engage in choral response Receive Help: Students ask a teammate and receive immediate help

Three Basic Types of Structures  Mastery  Thinking Skills  Information Sharing

Examples of Cooperative Learning Structures Agreement Circles  Blind Sequencing  Circle-the-Sage  Corners  Fan-N-Pick  Find My Rule  Find Someone Who  Find the Fib  Flashcard Game 

Cooperative Learning Structures… Formations  Four “S” Brainstorming  Idea Spinner  Jigsaw Problem Solving  Line Ups  Match Mine  Mix N Match  One Stray  Pairs Check 

Common Cooperative Learning Structures Inside/Outside Circle  Numbered Heads Together  Round Robin  Think-Pair-Share  Timed-Pair-Share  Think-Pair-Write-Share  Pair-Discussion  Pair-Discussion-Share  Group Discussion 

Benefits of Cooperative Learning Teambuilding and cooperation  Breaking down of differences  Development of social skills  Provides for more than one “teacher”  Mastery  Higher Order Thinking skills  Communication skills  Better comprehension and longer retention  Children enjoy learning  Enhanced classroom discipline  Students motivated as effort is acknowledged 

Superior to Traditional Approaches Cooperative Group Traditional Group Positive interdependence No interdependence Individual accountability No individual accountability Heterogeneous Random/Homogeneous Shared leadership One leader Responsible to each other Responsibly only for self Task and effort emphasized Only task emphasized Social skills directly taught Skills assumed or ignored Active teacher supervision Teacher teaches content Group processing occurs No group processing Mutual assistance Individual/competitive work

From traditional to Cooperative Learning “A good class is • “Learning involves a quiet class.” healthy noise.” “Do your own • “Help your partner work.” learn/solve.” “Sit quietly.” • “Get up and look at what the others did.”

Cooperative Learning supports the Learning Principle I Hear  I See  I Do  I Discover  – – – – I Forget I Remember I Learn I Understand Cooperative Learning ensures the students are using all their faculties while learning and therefore learn better. Thus, students benefit not only from WHAT they are learning but also from HOW they learn.

Cooperative Games Same principles as Cooperative Learning  Not just any game is ‘Cooperative Game’  These are specific games designed after years of experimentation and observation  Help teach children cooperation and key moral values  Nobody wins or loses in these games  Care should be taken not to make these games competitive 

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