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Cooperative Learning Basics
The links below are intended to provide background knowledge to in-service teachers taking JMU Course ISAT 501. Sites are not listed in any particular order.
(Adults should ALWAYS preview sites before providing them to children.)

Cooperative & Collaborative Learning
Thirteen Ed/Online • Concept to Classroom

What are cooperative and collaborative learning?

How do cooperative and collaborative learning differ from the traditional approach?

How have cooperative and collaborative learning developed since they became popular?

What are the benefits of cooperative and collaborative learning?

What are some critical perspectives?

How can I use cooperative and collaborative learning in conjunction with other educational techniques?


Cooperative Learning

Why use Cooperative Learning?

Elements of Cooperative Learning

Class Activities that use Cooperative Learning


The Jigsaw Classroom
Welcome to the official web site of the jigsaw classroom, a cooperative learning technique that reduces racial conflict among school children, promotes better learning, improves student motivation, and increases enjoyment of the learning experience. The jigsaw technique was first developed in the early 1970s by Elliot Aronson and his students at the University of Texas and the University of California.


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