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Richard Fouchaux

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Random quotes re Cooperative Learning
Posted: Jul 15, 1995 11:52 PM
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I spent a few minutes compiling these in the interest of fueling the
discussion. I suppose some on this list will find some of these
confrontational - so be it ! >;->
Random Quotes from "Handbook of Cooperative Learning Methods", Sharan, Shlomo
-ed.; Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press (1994).

" . . . many educators continue to view cooperative learning as appropriate
for teaching particular kinds of subject matter, such as social studies, but
not others, such as science, math, or a second language (p. xi ). . .STAD is
most appropriate for teaching well - defined objectives, such as mathematical
computations and applications, language usage and mechanics, geography and map
skills, and science concepts (p. 4). . . student performance on a
standardised mathematics test increased significantly more than in either a
mastery learning group or a control group (Slavin & Karweit, 1984)." (p. 5)

" . . .some authors explicitly take exception to practices that are part of
the routine procedures of other methods. The title "cooperative learning" does
not imply uniformity in . . .all of the methods." (p. xii)

" . . . Student Team Learning techniques are not one-time activities designed
to liven up the classroom from time to time, but are alternatives to
traditional instruction that can be used as permanent means of organising the
classroom to effectively teach a wide variety of subjects." (p. 3)

" . . . the students' tasks are not to do something as a team, but to learn
something as a team . . . the team's work is not done until all team members
have mastered the material being studied." (p. 3)

" . . . [Cooperative] methods have had positive effects on many important
outcomes in addition to achievement. One of these is race relations. . .
.[The] methods are often used in classrooms containing mainstreamed students
with academic handicaps and have been effective both for improving these
students' achievement and behaviour and for increasing their acceptance by
their classmates." (pp. 5-6)


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