This book brings together a range of international studies to support the implementation of cooperative group work in the classroom. In spite of extensive research into the benefits of this approach, in many countries, it is not widely used, largely due to a lack of understanding of how to put this into practice in the classroom. Starting from an exploration of the theoretical perspectives that underpin this pedagogy, the challenges for including pupils with special educational needs and related status issues of pupils are explored. Amongst the themes explored are how creative approaches, such as Storyline, support engagement particularly for second language learning; how working with young children using cooperative group work can develop writing skills; and how teachers can work together in an effective, collaborative, and sustained manner in a professional learning community. The final chapter provides a vivid example of one teacher’s personal journal to develop her understanding of the power of cooperation in creating bridges to meaningful learning for all learners. This book was originally published as a special issue of Education 3-13.
Table of Contents
Foreword Mark Brundrett
Introduction – Learning to learn together: cooperation, theory and practice Wendy Jolliffe
1. Cooperative learning in elementary schools Robert E. Slavin
2. The challenges of implementing group work in primary school classrooms and including pupils with special educational needs Ed Baines, Peter Blatchford and Rob Webster
3. Status problem and expectations of competence: a challenging path for teachers Isabella Pescarmona
4. The Storyline approach: promoting learning through cooperation in the second language classroom Sharon Ahlquist
5. How to integrate cooperative skills training into learning tasks: an illustration with young pupils’ writing Katia Lehraus
6. Bridging the gap: teachers cooperating together to implement cooperative learning Wendy Jolliffe
7. Meaningful learning in the cooperative classroom Yael Sharan
Wendy Jolliffe is Head of Teacher Education at the University of Hull, UK. She has worked as a national and local adviser for teacher training and literacy, and was Deputy Head of a Primary school in Hull before moving into higher education. Her teaching and research interests have focused on the implementation of cooperative learning, which is the subject of her PhD. She has run professional development courses in this country and overseas on this subject. She is the author of Cooperative Learning in the Classroom: putting it into practice (2007), and is a member of the Board of International Association for the Study of Cooperative Education.