Cooperative Learning

Autor: prof. Danciu Ioana-Elena
Școala Gimnazială Plopeni, Suceava

Cooperative learning is a successful teaching strategy in which small teams, each with students of different levels of ability, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject. Each member of a team is responsible not only for learning what is taught but also for helping teammates learn, these creating an atmosphere of achievement. According to Roger T. Johnson and David W. Johnson, “Two heads learn better than one”.
Students work through the assignment until all group members successfully understand and complete it. Furthermore, the teacher’s role changes from giving information to facilitating students’ learning. Everyone succeeds when the group succeeds.
In order to create a proper environment in which cooperative learning can take place, three things are necessary. First, students need to feel safe but also challenged. Second, groups need to be small enough that everyone can contribute. Third, the task students work together on, must be clearly defined. Continuarea