Drexel dragonThe Math ForumDonate to the Math Forum



Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by Drexel University or The Math Forum.


Math Forum » Discussions » Education » math-teach

Topic: Cooperative or collaborative learning?
Replies: 0  

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List  
Karen Dee Michalowicz

Posts: 215
Registered: 12/4/04
Cooperative or collaborative learning?
Posted: Jul 8, 1995 7:20 AM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply

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.
--

Cheers!

Karen Dee

Math History Lives!

Karen Dee Michalowicz VQUEST Math Lead Teacher/Trainer
Upper School Mathematics Chair Virginia Quality Education
The Langley School in Sciences and Technology
1411 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA
22012 USA
703-356-1920(w) E-Mail: kmichalo@pen.k12.va.us
Fax: (703) 790-9712 --or-- KarenDM@aol.com






Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© Drexel University 1994-2014. All Rights Reserved.
The Math Forum is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel University School of Education.