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What is the contextual significance of cooperative learning in the field of education?

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monique06 | Valedictorian

Posted November 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM via web

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What is the contextual significance of cooperative learning in the field of education?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM (Answer #1)

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Cooperative learning has a great deal of contextual significance to the modern educational setting.  In the drive to increase student achievement, make learning more meaningful, and differentiate across a heterogeneous classroom setting, cooperative learning has been seen as a portal through which such goals can be achieved.  The cooperative learning context is one in which students work together in a setting in which instructional goals can be reached.  While its specific contexts can vary, the presence of cooperative learning has helped to transform the modern classroom from its traditional counterpart.  Cooperative learning can be seen as a tool through which teaching can be more focused on learning outcomes, as students work together.  At the same time, cooperative learning has become more relevant in the modern context of education because it seeks to transform the role of the teacher as a facilitator of learning as opposed to the center of all instruction.  Cooperative learning has demonstrated itself to be relevant to the field of education because of its applications, as well.  The occupational settings in which students will inhabit are ones in which collaborative settings are the only guarantee.  The transforming of the workplace is one that cannot be accounted or accurately predicted.  One known element is that students will have to demonstrate the capacity to work together and collaborate with individuals to solve problems.  It is here in which there is much in way of contextual significance of cooperative learning in the education field.

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