Cooperative Learning in the Classroom: Putting it into Practice

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SAGE, Jan 17, 2007 - Education - 144 pages
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'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

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 Learning for All?
11
2 Using Diversity as a Strength
19
3 Talk Talk Talk
29
4 Cooperative Learning and How It Can Help
39
5 A StepbyStep Approach
55
6 Putting Cooperative Learning into Practice
79
7 Developing a WholeSchool Vision
95
Appendices
111
Notes
127
Index
131
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About the author (2007)

Dr Wendy Jolliffe is Head of Scarborough School of Education at the University of Hull and has strategic responsibility for Teacher Education.  Wendy is a former deputy headteacher who has worked in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) for 10 years.  She worked as a Regional Adviser for ITT for the National Strategies from 2008 to 2010.

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