Cooperative Learning in Context: An Educational Innovation in Everyday Classrooms

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Cooperative Learning in Context examines the real-world implications of cooperative learning techniques used in a culturally diverse, suburban elementary school fourth grade mathematics class and sixth grade social studies class. Evelyn Jacob takes an anthropologist's eye to document not just the successes, but also the failures and missed opportunities exhibited by the participating teachers and students. In exploring the implications of the study, Jacob discusses how an understanding of contextual features can ...
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Cooperative Learning in Context examines the real-world implications of cooperative learning techniques used in a culturally diverse, suburban elementary school fourth grade mathematics class and sixth grade social studies class. Evelyn Jacob takes an anthropologist's eye to document not just the successes, but also the failures and missed opportunities exhibited by the participating teachers and students. In exploring the implications of the study, Jacob discusses how an understanding of contextual features can enable educators to improve the processes and outcomes of cooperative learning and other powerful educational innovations.
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Jacob (education, George Mason U.) examines the real-world implications of cooperative learning techniques used in a culturally diverse, suburban elementary school fourth grade mathematics class and sixth grade social studies class. Documenting successes, failures, and missed opportunities, she weaves six aspects through her analysis: task structure, psychological and technical tools, interpersonal interactions and social relationships, individual and social meanings, local cultures and institutions, and larger cultures and institutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

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Preface
Acknowledgments
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1 Studying the Contexts of Cooperative Learning 1
2 Cooperative Learning 13
3 The Larger Setting 23
4 Teams-Games-Tournaments in Fourth Grade Mathematics 29
5 Learning Together in Sixth Grade Social Studies 65
6 Acquiring English in Content Classes 107
7 Context and Cooperative Learning 125
8 Practicing Cooperative Learning in Context 147
9 Toward Contextually-Sensitive Approaches to Educational Innovations 165
App.: Methods and Context of this Study 177
Notes 199
References 209
Index 227
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