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Norm Krumpe

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Registered: 12/6/04
Cooperative Learning
Posted: Jun 27, 1995 1:20 AM
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It is so very refreshing to hear from so many people who have been
successful with cooperative learning, as well as those eager to give it a
try. What I have to say may add very little to the discussion, but it's
refreshing for me to say them.

I'm not an expert in the English language, but as I understand it, the word
"educate" comes from a latin word meaning "to draw out" much like our
english word "educe." This is contrary to how many view education -- that
is, as a process of "pushing in" information: just standing up at the front
of the classroom, force feeding facts. I think education needs to be a
process of drawing from each student's experiences and understandings.

I'm also not an expert in cooperative learning. But, having tried both the
lecture method (while students sat in rows) and small group learning
situations (while students sat in clusters of four or five), I can say that
I hope never to go back to lecturing. Watching students work and discuss
problems together just "feels right" to me. Almost everyone likes to talk
and listen and share what's on their mind (just look at this discussion
group). Why would we deprive students of what seems to be an innate need to

That felt good. I'll give the discussion back to the rest of you now.

Norm Krumpe
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University at Bloomington

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