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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Education

Unit aim

Provides students with opportunities to: investigate, analyse and evaluate the teaching strategy of Cooperative Learning in the classroom environment. Students will participate in a cooperative learning activity to develop teaching and personal interaction skills associated with cooperative learning and will also develop a good understanding of using cooperative assessment strategies as an authentic classroom strategy.

Unit content

This unit will examine the cooperative learning principles of positive interdependence, face-to-face interactions, inter-personal and small group social skills, group processing  and individual accountability, as the factors distinguishing cooperative learning from group work. Team building, communication skills, information sharing, thinking skills and social skills will be experienced during a group assignment. Students will research and explain these structures and determine appropriate application and implementation techniques as well as considering their potential for assessment. The course of study is focused through four modules:

  1. Cooperative learning – define and compare learning theories
  2. Implementing Cooperative Learning in the Classroom
  3. Locating Cooperative Learning in the Curriculum (Curriculum and assessment)
  4. Developing Cooperative Learning Skills

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate knowledge of the principles underpinning the theory and the key elements of cooperative learning skills
2 engage with technology to practise and develop cooperative skills through working within a group to research, synthesise and evaluate findings related to the strengths and weaknesses of cooperative learning
3 consider and discuss the differences between theories that inform and the structures that create and develop a classroom environment in which cooperative practices enhance learning
4 analyse cooperative interaction patterns and their cognitive and affective outcomes in order to plan and teach for a purpose, using cooperative learning to manage communication, thinking and social skills development
5 explain the relationship between cooperative learning and those practices of assessment and reporting including peer assessment.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the principles underpinning the theory and the key elements of cooperative learning skills
  2. engage with technology to practise and develop cooperative skills through working within a group to research, synthesise and evaluate findings related to the strengths and weaknesses of cooperative learning
  3. consider and discuss the differences between theories that inform and the structures that create and develop a classroom environment in which cooperative practices enhance learning
  4. analyse cooperative interaction patterns and their cognitive and affective outcomes in order to plan and teach for a purpose, using cooperative learning to manage communication, thinking and social skills development
  5. explain the relationship between cooperative learning and those practices of assessment and reporting including peer assessment.

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