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Why Does Cooperative Learning Work?

Teaching involves more than covering the material for the students, but rather uncovering the material with the students (Redish, 2000). An extensive body of research emphasizes two forms of interaction most important for enhancing student academic development, personal development and satisfaction:

Pascarella and Terenzini's summary of twenty years of research on the impact college has on student development supports the importance of this engagement. Cooperative learning is a way to facilitate student-student, student-faculty interactions efficiently and systematically.

Cooperative learning exercises enhance important skills including (Barkley, Cross and Major, 2005):

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