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?
Scott Powell University of Hawaii Lab school 1776 University Ave Honolulu, Hi 96822 firstname.lastname@example.org