Professional Development for Cooperative Learning: Issues and Approaches

Professional Development for Cooperative Learning: Issues and Approaches

by Celeste M. Brody
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791438503

ISBN-13: 9780791438503

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book has two main purposes: first, to enable educators to make informed decisions and choices about selecting, implementing, and evaluating cooperative learning models with respect for the differences and diversity of goals among professionals in school communities, and second, to consider the goals of teachers' professional development in the context of…  See more details below

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This book has two main purposes: first, to enable educators to make informed decisions and choices about selecting, implementing, and evaluating cooperative learning models with respect for the differences and diversity of goals among professionals in school communities, and second, to consider the goals of teachers' professional development in the context of organizational reforms that foster systemic school change, such as the development of learning communities. The authors encourage professional development that goes beyond inservice workshops to include multi-year development and support for teachers. They advocate that schools be administered under collaborative principles so teachers can "live the experience" that they are trying to create in their own classrooms. Professional Development for Cooperative Learning describes what works for professional development in cooperative learning and how difficult it is to bring about lasting change in school settings. Brody and Davidson focus the dialogue on the nature of professional development linked to systemic changes and the successes, failures, and challenges encountered in the process.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791438503
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IBegin with the Teacher: Focusing Professional Development for Cooperative Learning
Introduction: Professional Development and Cooperative Learning3
1The Significance of Teacher Beliefs for Professional Development and Cooperative Learning25
2Creating Sustained Professional Growth through Collaborative Reflection49
3The Role of Staff Developers in Promoting Effective Teacher Decision-Making63
4Staff Development That Makes a Difference79
Pt. IILessons from the Field: Approaches to Cooperative Learning and Implications for Professional Development
5Staff Development and the Structural Approach to Cooperative Learning103
6Beyond the Workshop: Evidence from Complex Instruction123
7A Social Constructivist Approach to Cooperative Learning and Staff Development: Ideas from the Child Development Project147
8Preparing Teachers and Students for Cooperative Work: Building Communication and Helping Skills169
9The Cognitive Approach to Cooperative Learning: Mediating the Challenge to Change189
10Professional Development for Socially-Conscious Cooperative Learning203
Pt. IIIThe Learning Community: Cooperative Learning and Organizational Change
11Effective Staff Development in Cooperative Learning: Training, Transfer, and Long-term Use223
12Mutually-Sustaining Relationships between Organization Development and Cooperative Learning243
13Faculty Development Using Cooperative Learning255
14Developing a Collaborative Environment through Job-Embedded Staff Development: One District's Journey269
Pt. IVReturn to the Vision of Community
15Cooperative Learning Communities: Expanding from Classroom Cocoon to Global Connections287
16Afterword: Promising Practices and Responsible Directions309
Notes on the Contributors
Index

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