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Cooperative Learning and Group Work

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-Discuss the differences between cooperative learning and group work in teams.
-Brainstorm ideas for a variety of activities that can be done in cooperative learning groups.
-Create a short cooperative learning activity for a 1-hour class session in a specific grade and subject area of your choice.
-Consider the format, design, and proposed implementation of your cooperative learning activity.
-Discuss how the activity will engage students, build on prior knowledge, and provide practice. Identify how the activity is appropriate for the specific grade and subject area you chose.

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Using Cooperative Learning for a Drug Information Assignment. By: Earl, Grace L. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Jul2011, Vol. 75 Issue 7, p1-8. 8p

The differences between cooperative learning and group work are stark yet subtle. One of the main differences between the two is that in cooperative learning groups, students pay attention within the group to the functioning of the group because the collaborative group has been carefully cultivated and put together as well as planned with specific details that each group members is responsible for carrying out. The cooperative learning group is carefully monitored because the notion that a group is only strongest as it weakest link is adhered to. The collaborative groups are more often used in classrooms while group work was designed for a social constructive concept ...

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The expert examines cooperative learning and group work. How the activity will engage students and build on prior knowledge is determined.

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