This book introduces Cooperative Learning as a research-informed, practical way of engaging children and young people in lifelong physical activity. Written by authors with over 40 years’ experience as teachers and researchers, it addresses the practicalities of using Cooperative Learning in the teaching of physical education and physical activity at any age range.
Cooperative Learning in Physical Education and Physical Activity will help teachers and students of physical education to master research-informed strategies for teaching. By using school-based and real-world examples, it allows teachers to quickly understand the educational benefits of Cooperative Learning. Divided into four parts, this book provides insight into:
- Key aspects of Cooperative Learning as a pedagogical practice in physical education and physical activity
- Strategies for implementing Cooperative Learning at Elementary School level
- Approaches to using Cooperative Learning at Middle and High School level
- The challenges and advantages of practising Cooperative Learning
Including lesson plans, activities and tasks, this is the first comprehensive guide to Cooperative Learning as a pedagogical practice for physical educators. It is essential reading for all students, teachers and trainee teachers of physical education and will also benefit coaches, outdoor educators and people who work with youth in the community.
Table of Contents
Part One: Background and Research on Cooperative Learning 1. Key Aspects of Cooperative Learning as a Pedagogical Practice 2. Researched Benefits of Cooperative Learning as a Pedagogical Practice 3. Cooperative Learning Structures in Physical Education and Physical Activity Settings 4. The Role of the Teacher or Coach Creating a Positive Cooperative Learning Environment Part Two: Physical Education at the Elementary Level 5. How to Implement Cooperative Learning in Physical Education at the Elementary Level 6. Reciprocal Teaching and Peer Teaching Strategies 7. How Cooperative Learning is Related to the Different Contexts for Learning: Working with persons with disabilities at the elementary level Part Three: Physical Education at Middle and High School Level and in the Community 8. How to Implement Cooperative Learning in Physical Education at Middle and High School Level 9. The Jigsaw Classrooms: Putting the pieces of Cooperative Learning together 10. Learning Teams, Team Game Tournaments and other Classroom Structures: Promoting cooperation 11. How Cooperative Learning is Related to the Different Contexts for Learning: Working with persons with disabilities at the middle and secondary level 12. Cooperative Learning and Community Coaching: A holistic notion of competition Part Four: Challenges for the Implementation of Cooperative Learning in Physical Education and Physical Activity Settings 13. How to Assess in Cooperative Learning in Physical Education and Physical Activity Settings 14. Beyond the Book: A guide to developing and maintaining a Cooperative Learning pedagogy in physical education and physical activity settings.
Ben Dyson is an Associate Professor in Health and Physical Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has carried out research and taught for over twenty years in Canada, the USA and New Zealand. Ben has taught at McGill University, Canada; the University of New Hampshire, USA; the University of Memphis, USA; and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research interests include research on innovative curriculum and pedagogy, and Cooperative Learning as a pedagogical practice
Ashley Casey is a Lecturer in Pedagogy at Loughborough University, UK. His research explores pedagogical models, teacher development through social media and pedagogies of technology. He can be found on Twitter as @DrAshCasey, where he writes about teaching and research in physical education