Cooperative Learning (Elective)


Cooperative Learning

Nay-Ching Nancy Tyan, Ph. D.
Email: ntyan@tea.ntue.edu.tw

Course Description:

Cooperative learning is an educational approach which aims to organize classroom activities into academic and social learning experiences. Students must work in groups to complete tasks collectively toward academic goals. The teacher’s role changes from giving information to facilitating students’ learning. In this course, five cooperative learning strategies will be introduced, which are paired learning, STAD, Learning Together, Jigsaw & Jigsaw II as well as Group Investigation. The 4-year Taiwan Ministry of Education Cooperative learning project will also be presented to share the implementation process and effort.

Course Objectives:

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to

  1. Describe the benefits and limitations of cooperative learning.
  2. Describe the five essential elements for the successful incorporation of cooperative learning in the classroom.
  3. Developing and conducting a plan to teach students social skills.
  4. Creating a classroom teaching plan using paired learning.
  5. Creating a classroom teaching plan using STAD.
  6. Creating a classroom teaching plan using Learning Together.
  7. Creating a classroom teaching plan using Jigsaw & Jigsaw II.
  8. Creating a classroom teaching plan using Group Investigation.

Proposed Topics:

  1. Rationale for conducting cooperative learning in classrooms
  2. The five essential elements for the successful incorporation of cooperative learning in the classroom Observational Research
  3. The five cooperative learning strategies: paired learning, STAD, Learning Together, Jigsaw & Jigsaw II as well as Group Investigation Design of Questionnaire
  4. The 4-year Taiwan Ministry of Education Cooperative learning project
  5. Success For All Foundation
  6. IASCE, International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education

Grading:

  1. Participation (40%)
    Participation is based upon attendance and involvement in class activities.
  2. Homework (30%)
    The homework will be assigned weekly to be due the next week at the end of class.
  3. Project (30%)
    A research project will be given in the final week.

Required Textbooks:

Mertler, C. A. (2016). Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators (5th Edition). Sage.

References:

Educational Master theses on cooperative learning.

Useful Web Links:

http://www.iasce.net/
IASCE, International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education

http://www.successforall.org/
Success for All Foundation

http://www.kaganonline.com/
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