16. Cooperative Learning
Abstract: Formal cooperative learning activities (as opposed to more informal group learning activities) help improve students’ academic performance as well as increase motivation, strengthen self-esteem, and promote literacy skills – all goals consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards. When used properly, cooperative learning develops students’ social and communication skills, increases tolerance and acceptance of diversity of ability, race, and culture, and improves academic achievement. Unfortunately, this method of instruction is not used by teachers as frequently as it should be.