I am curious if those using "cooperative learning" are really using cooperative learning or collaborative learing. As a model for pedagogy, cooperative learning usually implies a formal grouping of three or four students using a leader, recorder, etc. There are certain expectations of each member of the group. Collaborative learning is simply putting students into groups to work together as a group. There may be some formal structure to the group but not the "stricture" that cooperative groups require.
Sometimes there is a big misunderstanding among educators about what cooperative learning really is. You can't call it cooperative, so the experts say, unless it follows a particular model. Most mathematics educators follow Slavin's model (he's at Johns Hopkins).
In my own classes, both with children and adults, I use collaborative learing and vary the size of the groups dependent on the group needs. I have always had pretty good succes with "Think/Share Pairs" , too. --
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