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Topic: Co-op learning
Replies: 7   Last Post: Jun 28, 1995 10:09 PM

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Ben Preddy

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: Co-op learning
Posted: Jun 27, 1995 9:17 PM
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>I was just reading some of the posts on cooperative groups and a thought
>struck me. Why does the group have to agree to one answer(method?)? Does
>there have to be only one answer? What if there are multiple answers and
>multilple methods that all make sense(at the very least to the student)?
>This seems to be a problem because cooperative learning really is just one
>step away from lecturing(the individual student now becomes the lecturer to
>the other students and is now seen as the source of infromation instead of
>each individual thinking on there own).
> Perhaps if the questions were more open ended and diversity was
>encouraged this would work better. I have used cooperative groups and have
>had similar problems to the ones already posted here. I was just wondering
>if this might have something to do with it?

Could'nt agree with you more. When I have groups work on a
problem, if another group/student has another (valid) approach, I give them
additional bonus points. If two students disagree with each other i have
them go to the board and work thru the problem for the class. A student
with an error is not belittled - we all make errors. And I love problems
with more than one correct answer - life is full of them.
Thanks for your comments.


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