Summary of Research on Cooperative Learning
Cooperative Learning five defining elements:
Organizing groups based on ability should be done
Cooperative groups should be kept small in size.
Cooperative learning should be applied consistently and
systematically, but not overused.
1. Positive interdependence
3. Individual and group accountability
4. Interpersonal and small group skills
5. Group processing
Classroom Practice in Cooperative Learning
- Use a variety of criteria for grouping students.
- Use avariety of group patterns: Informal or ad hoc
(last few minutesof a class period), formal (long enough to
complete an academicproject) and base groups (semester or year,
providing students withlong-term support).
- Managing group size - keep groups small.
- Combine cooperative learning with other classroom
Title: The Great
Solar System Rescue, The Great Ocean, Tom Snyder Products
Grade Level: All grade levels
Curricular Areas: All content areas
Website link: http://webquest.org/
Title: George Lucas
Foundation Instructional Module
Description:These activities introduce the participants to
numerous educational Websites. They promote Internet use with all
Title: Word Processing
Description: Students can collaborate, share information and
peer edit using theComments or Track Changes features.
Students can collaboratewriting progressive stories.
Resources: MS Word
could join e-pal projects, share documents via attachments.
Website Link: Gaggle email -
provides teacher-controlled email student accounts for them to
exchange and share information.
Resources (Files, Websites, etc.): Slide show, movie
editing, graphics applications.
Title: Web page
Website Link: Manila - http://manila.userland.com/
to share information.
Resources: Microsoft Excel
Curricular Area: any
Description: Screen Timer
allows teachers to set a timer on their computer screen. This is
especially helpful when doing cooperative learning activities.
Website Link: http://www.ncrtec.org/timer/