Cooperative learning in the mathematics class second edition alice f artzt and claire m newman queens college of the city university of new york national council of teachers of mathematics reston virginia contents preface vi introduction 1 cooperation in the classroom 1 cooperation in the mathematics classroom 1 what is cooperative learning 2 research results positive outcomes 3 making . Cooperative learning has gone from an innovative teaching strategy practiced by only a few creative and courageous teachers to a strategy important to many who teach mathematics research suggests that learning is a social process and that cooperative learning activities are essential if students are to be able to construct their own knowledge. For individuals to cooperate they must develop certain skills and understandings unless schools engage in specific activities that teach cooperation students may lack the skills they need to function in an adult society cooperative learning has much to offer for the mathematics class students enjoy discussing mathematics with other students they benefit from their interaction with peers as well as with the teacher this booklet provides a rationale examples and discussions of methods . In the classroom a cooperative learning lesson involves students working in small groups to accomplish a learning task the task is assigned by the teacher with clear directions students then work on the task together with defined roles ie reporter spokesperson researcher recorder teachers who are effective at evaluating the group together as one understand that each person in the group has a shared responsibility
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