Promoting student co-operation

Co-operative learning – more than group learning

Co-operative working methods are often neglected in lessons for pragmatic reasons. If social working methods can be found, classroom problems such as noise, interruption, excessive extra work or the doubt in the effectiveness of one’s teaching results can be avoided. Co-operative learning does not simply mean that pupils solve problems in groups. The problem situations must be created in a way that co-operation is meaningful and that the students profit from it for their learning process.

Development of social competence

Social involvement in the form of co-operation is vital for the motivation in the learning process. Co-operation creates the feeling to be part of a close community and to be able to add one’s individual abilities effectively.

Co-operative learning inspires the students to

  • express their ideas clearly
  • present arguments
  • change perspectives
  • cope with contradictory ideas and judgements.

On the InTime pages you will find general information and also a big collection of lesson videos which can serve as a basis for discussion on in-service training courses for teachers.