Cooperative Learning in the Classroom: Putting it into Practice

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SAGE, Jan 17, 2007 - Education - 144 pages
'What is cooperative learning? Why should teachers use it in the classroom? What are the benefits? In eight accessible chapters, Wendy Jolliffe, lecturer in primary education at Hull University, outlines the theory and practice of cooperative learning and shows how the "outcomes and aims of Every Child Matters (2004) can be clearly mapped to the advantages of cooperative learning."... A useful resource for teachers, headteachers, trainee teachers and support staff' - Learning and Teaching Update

Cooperative Learning is about structuring lesson activities to encourage pupils to work collaboratively in pairs or small groups to support each other to improve their learning. This inclusive approach to teaching is very much in tune with current initiatives such as Every Child Matters and Excellence and Enjoyment and the focus on learning styles.

This book is an accessible guide to implementing cooperative learning in the classroom. It includes:

" an explanation of the key factors that make cooperative learning work

" a step-by-step approach to implementing cooperative learning in the classroom

" advice on how to measure the effectiveness of cooperative learning

" guidance for using cooperative learning to encourage effective talk

" links to supporting children's emotional intelligence

" ideas for practical activities

" an action plan and programme for whole school professional development

The book is an invaluable resource for individual teachers using cooperative learning techniques in classrooms, this book will also be of interest to headteachers, trainee teachers and learning support staff.


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Collaborative learning among students has so many possibilities but it is also laced with problems as most teachers know. Because so many businesses and industries rely on team work and group work to ... Read full review


1 Learning for All?
2 Using Diversity as a Strength
3 Talk Talk Talk
4 Cooperative Learning and How It Can Help
5 A StepbyStep Approach
6 Putting Cooperative Learning into Practice
7 Developing a WholeSchool Vision

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Wendy Jolliffe is Professor of Education and worked in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) for 14 years; latterly as Head of Teacher Education at the University of Hull. She worked previously as a Regional Adviser for the National Strategies and advised ITT providers on effective provision for literacy. She has published extensively in Primary English and Cooperative Learning.

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