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Cooperative Work Groups
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Cooperative Work Groups
Preparing Students for the Real World



June 2003 | 192 pages | Corwin
In his new book, Scott Mandel outlines how educators can design meaningful learning experiences that will address standards and utilise modern-day Co-operative learning, brain research, and the Internet to effectively develop a student's ability to thrive in the twenty-first century's workforce.

The co-operative learning techniques put forth in Cooperative Work Groups are designed to emphasize the students' best individual learning styles and integrate the newest technology into the students' work, ensuring their success as individuals working together in groups on long-term projects in today's work society.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Why Cooperative Work Groups?

 
The New Classroom Battle: What Today's Businesses Want Versus Traditional Teaching

 
Components of the Cooperative Work Group Concept

 
Cooperative Work Groups

 
The Scope of this Book

 
 
Part I: The Way Students Accomplish Tasks
 
1. An Advanced, Modern Form of Cooperative Learning
Putting Theory Into Practice: How Could They Make a Difference?

 
 
2. Group Formation
Putting Theory Into Practice: Mr. Washington's Cooperative Work Groups

 
 
3. Leadership
Putting Theory Into Practice: Distributing the Leaders

 
 
4. Materials
Putting Theory Into Practice: Collecting Curricular Material for Student Use

 
 
5. Teacher Role: Critical Thinking and Classroom Management
Critical Thinking: A Core Component of Student Work

 
Classroom Management

 
Putting Theory Into Practice: Planning for Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Dealing With Problems

 
 
6. Assessment
Putting Theory Into Practice: Assessing the Experience

 
A Final Note

 
 
Part II: The Way Students Learn Effectively and Efficiently
Putting Theory Into Practice: Why Do They All Have to Be So Different?

 
 
7. Brain Research: The Multiple Intelligences
A Quick Overview

 
Integrating the Multiple Intelligences Into the Classroom Curriculum

 
Classroom and Group Management Incorporating the Multiple Intelligences

 
Putting Theory Into Practice: Addressing the Students' Multiple Intelligences

 
 
8. Teacher Use of the Multiple Intelligences
Putting Theory Into Practice: Determining the Students' Multiple Intelligences

 
 
9. Integrating the Multiple Intelligences Into Cooperative Work Group Experiences
Looking at the Classroom Holistically

 
Using the Multiple Intelligences in the Presentation of Curricular Material

 
Using the Multiple Intelligences in the Creative Work of Students

 
Putting Theory Into Practice: Using the Multiple Intelligences in Group Formation

 
A Final Note

 
 
Part III: The Internet as the Ultimate Educational Resource Center
Putting Theory Into Practice: Using the Information Super-Curriculum

 
 
10. The Concept, Reality, and Cost of Digital Literacy
Digital Literacy in Today's Classroom

 
Establishing Student Access Within the School

 
Putting Theory Into Practice: Determining the Quality and Quantity of Internet Access

 
 
11. How to Locate Curricular Material on the Internet
Integrating the Internet Into the Curriculum

 
Search Engines and Directories

 
General Education Web Sites

 
Comprehensive Subject Matter Web Sites

 
Specialty Sites

 
Teacher Guest Books

 
Putting Theory Into Practice: Finding Internet Resources for Students

 
 
12. Integrating the Internet Into Cooperative Work Group Experiences
Determining the Best Use of Online Resources

 
Knowing When to Use, or Not Use, Technology

 
How to Integrate Online Material Even When There Is No School Access to the Internet

 
Parental Issues: Security Concerns and Public Relations

 
Putting Theory Into Practice: Dealing With the Last Issues

 
A Final Note

 
 
13. Summary
 
Part IV: Some Practical Examples of Teacher Unit Plans
Science: A Trip to the Rain Forest

 
Language Arts/History: The World of Zlata's Diary

 
History/The Arts: Ancient Egypt - The Afterlife

 
Math: Real Life With Fractions, Decimals, Ratios, Proportions and Percentages

 
 
Resource A: Index of URLs
 
Resource B: Student Multiple Intelligence Assessments
 
Resource C: An Example of an Internet Acceptable Use Policy Contract
 
Resource D: A Cooperative Work Group Lesson Plan Form
 
References
 
Index
Key features
  • Will appeal to MI/Brain-Based learning devotees, cooperative/active learning devotees, and teachers who are increasingly under pressure to integrate technology into the curriculum.
  • Gives practical examples of cooperative work groups in action and contains actual lesson plans in Science, Math, English, and History that teachers can use immediately, and later use as models for future lessons.
  • Topic still gaining popularity - applicable in both K-12 and higher education.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: An Advanced, Modern Form of Cooperative Learning


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ISBN: 9780761938767
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