Instructional Strategy

 Cooperative Learning

What is Cooperative Learning?

Small groups of learners working together as a team to solve a problem, complete a task, or accomplish a common goal” is known  cooperative learning(Art & Newman 1990).

Cooperative learning is a successful teaching strategy in which students work in small groups, each consisting of students with varying skill levels, to enhance their comprehension of a subject through a variety of learning activities. Each team member is accountable for both learning the material being taught and assisting group members in learning, which fosters a culture of achievement.

Positive Interdependence

Individual Accountability

Equal participation

Simultaneous interaction


How do students benefit from Cooperative Learning

  • Students gain from each other’s efforts-Your success benefits me and my success benefits you.
  • Students recognize that all group members share a common fate- We all sink or swim together.
  • Students know that one’s performance is mutually caused by oneself and one’s team members -We cannot do it without you.
  • Students feel proud and jointly celebrate when a group member is recognized for achievement-We all congratulate you on your accomplishments!