Some of the
most powerful and widely applicable research-proven instructional practices are
those of cooperative learning, which are highly effective in engaging and
motivating students. When implemented correctly, such practices have been
proven to increase students’ achievement in a wide range of content areas at
all grade levels. Cooperative learning models will be explored to understand
the variables that differentiate group work from true cooperative learning,
including individual accountability and group rewards. The effectiveness of
student teams to support learning through peer motivation, peer assessment and
reteaching will be examined in depth.
Define the concept of cooperative learning and how it relates to
Describe how cooperative learning works when there is individual
accountability, equal opportunities for success and team recognition built into
Describe the four theoretical perspectives of cooperative
Consider the impact of cooperative learning on 21st
century skills and meeting the cognitive demands of the Common Core State
Week 1: Learn about
various models of cooperative learning and their relevance in today’s classroom.
Understand how they can help meet the needs of all students when three central
concepts are present (individual accountability, equal opportunities for
success, and team recognition).
Week 2: Explore the four theoretical
perspectives of cooperative on the achievement effects of cooperative learning:
motivationalist, social cohesion, cognitive-developmental, and cognitive elaboration,
as identified by Dr. Robert Slavin at the Johns Hopkins University.
Week 3: Identify the
potential impact of cooperative learning on meeting the needs of the 21st
century learning and how it can help students meet the cognitive demands of the
Common Core State Standards.