What does the research say about Cooperative Learning?
"The use of cooperative learning techniques as a teaching philosophy has been shown to be an effective way to motivate students to learn and raise their academic abilities in the process. Many educators believe that cooperative learning is superior to traditional instruction. In addition, cooperative learning encourages students to develop necessary social skills, provides an atmosphere that is calm and conducive to learning, and helps to facilitate greater knowledge growth among students. Nevertheless, educators who encourage this method of teaching should consider its possible limitations and cautions before rushing into this way of teaching ill prepared.." -Abstract of Cooperative Learning in the Classroom: A Motivating Idea by Candice Palacios