Role of English
How to Solve It
| Group learning promotes
creative thinking by increasing the number of ideas, the quality of
those ideas, feelings of stimulation and enjoyment, and originality in
creative problem solving.
Cooperation among you and your group mates by encouraging each other’s successes, helping each other in your classwork, and learning to work together better is your goal and is called goal interdependence.
Positive goal interdependence requires that a group "sink or swim together." A cooperative group is where students work together to help each other learn ALL the parts of a presentation in order that every group member can take an active part of a group presentation. In a cooperative learning situation, you need to be concerned with both how well you AND the other students in your group learn.
If a group has been assigned to do a presentation project, but only one of you does all the work (which is not very smart) and the others go along for a free ride (which is very lazy, uncaring and stupid), then that is not a cooperative group.
A cooperative group has a sense of individual accountability that means that ALL group members are required to know all the parts of the presentation project well for the whole group to be successful.
Clearly Perceived Positive Interdependence
You must understand that you "sink or swim together." Within your groups, you have two responsibilities:
1)learn the presentation or other information
2)make sure that ALL members of the group learn presentation or other information.
You will be assessed (graded) with your group mates in such a way that you can not succeed unless your group mates succeed (and vice versa) and you will have to coordinate your efforts with the efforts of your group mates to complete a task.