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Topic: Who Uses Group/Cooperative Learning?
Replies: 3   Last Post: Jun 26, 1995 10:44 PM

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Katherine G. Harris

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Re: Who Uses Group/Cooperative Learning?
Posted: Jun 26, 1995 8:02 PM
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I've tried group learning on several occassions and look
forward to trying it again implementing some of the ideas I am
reading here. I found that it worked best with high ability
students, adequately with advanced students and poorly with the
slower students. The advanced students resented having to
"share" and the slower students were so concerned about
personal problems - like who likes whom - that they couldn't
get along with each other. Has anyone else had this experience?

I also found that many students didn't feel like I was doing my
job in requiring them to exhibit some independence in their
learning. They really wanted me to "tell it at them" all the
time and felt very insecure in making and testing their own
conjectures. This was especially true of the advanced
students. Frankly, I gave up and resumed the old lecture
technique. They were bored, I was bored, but they were happy
and comfortable.

I have had success with group work on "extra" projects. One
thing I have used with great success is "The dManor House
Mystery". We have also had group projects involving field
trips.

I'm hoping to see some very concrete ideas about using group
work. Also, for those of you who have used it extensively,
what do you do about the one or two students who refuse to
participate and how do you handle the students who are problems
to their group members?

Katherine :)





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