>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 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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