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Cooperative learning methods

Methods are ways of learning.
Since the 70s, many methods of cooperative learning which partly overlap in content were developed. In the following three methods are presented in detail and documented with teaching examples. Get more information on other methods in the provided literature.

I - you - we

This method is known by different names, such as Think - Pair - (Square) - Share. Sometimes an intermediate step (square) is added to it. This method is well suited as an introduction to cooperative learning. It can be flexibly integrated with little preparation in small learning units of the lessons. After an individual phase for discussion of the task, the pupils exchange information with a partner, and possibly join to form a team of four (square). The conclusions are then presented in a class meeting.

Group puzzle (jigsaw)

The pupils work in changing teams. Each individual becomes an expert in a sub-discipline and holds the responsibility for the whole group in this learning area.

Group Rally (Student Team Achievement Divisions STAD)

The rally is divided into five phases that can be repeated as often as required. Alternation between individual and group work takes place several times. The individual members of the group receive grade points leading to the overall assessment of the group.