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Cooperative Learning in the Classroom

Cooperative Learning in the Classroom
Putting it into Practice

January 2007 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Cooperative Learning in the Classroom demonstrates how to structure lesson activities that encourage pupils to work collaboratively in pairs or small groups to support each other and improve learning. This inclusive approach to teaching reflects the focus on learning styles current initiatives such as Every Child Matters and Excellence and Enjoyment and .

An accessible guide for any practitioner, this book provides a step-by-step approach to implementing cooperative learning in the classroom and covers:

  • The key factors that make cooperative learning work 
  • Advice on measuring the effectiveness of cooperative learning 
  • Guidelines for using cooperative learning to encourage effective talk 
  • Ideas for practical activities 
  • An action plan for whole school professional development

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

Cooperative Learning: What Is It And Why Does It Matter?
Learning For All?
Using Diversity as a Strength
Talk, Talk, Talk
Cooperative Learning and How It Can Help
Putting Cooperative Learning Into Practice
Cooperative Learning Professional Development Programme
Fulfilling Pupils Needs
Cooperative Learning Structures
Developing Effective Communication Skills - A Phased Programme
Roles in Groups
Five Key Steps to Implement Cooperative Learning
Action Plan for Teaching and Developing Cooperative Learning Skills
Quick Cooperative Learning Starter Activities
Cooperative Learning - Common Social Problems
Cooperative Learning Peer Observation Proforma
Pupil Questionnaire

'Each chapter ends with practical activities, professional development activities, a 'points to remember' box and references for further reading. A useful resource for teachers, headteachers, trainee teachers and support staff' -
Ian Hall, Learning and Teaching

'The book is a well-written and non-threatening guide through the minefield of introducing a new pedagogical mindset...At last, teachers have a 'how-to' for co-operative learning, so now there are no excuses not to do it!'
- Journal of Co-operative Studies

Useful as an additional text for ECE and ITE students alike

Dr Chelle Oldham
Education, Coventry University Scarborough Campus
September 24, 2019

This book will be useful in developing our students' understanding of importance of 'talk' which can not be emphasized enough in our lectures. Trainee teachers will find the resources in the book useful to develop their expertise in subject leadership as well.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
October 31, 2015

Some interesting aspects contained within the publication and currently there is a great deal of importance place on collaborative learning within the schools of twenty first century Wales.

Mr Gwyn Ellis
School of Education, Bangor University
February 13, 2013

A useful text for students preparing to deliver group sessions with young people. It gives a clear rationale for adopting a cooperative approach to learning in a class setting.

Ms Kim Blakey
HASS, Glamorgan University
July 23, 2010

A clearly written text for Undergarduate Youth Studies students many of whom will be required to adopt a cooperatvie learing approach in a class and youth work setting.

Ms Kim Blakey
HASS, Glamorgan University
July 23, 2010

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Wendy Jolliffe

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. More About Author

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