Professional Development for Cooperative Learning: Issues and Approaches

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Describes different forms of professional development for cooperative learning and shows how the use of cooperative learning in professional development is leading to new insights into teaching and professional growth in schools.
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Contains 16 contributions exploring models and perspectives in cooperative learning. Topics include creating sustained professional growth through collaborative reflection, the role of staff developers in promoting effective teacher decision-making, a social constructivist approach with ideas from a child development project, a case study from one school district on developing a collaborative environment through job-embedded staff development, and cooperative learning communities. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791438503
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Begin with the Teacher: Focusing Professional Development for Cooperative Learning

Introduction: Professional Development and Cooperative Learning
Celeste Brody and Neil Davidson

1. The Significance of Teacher Beliefs for Professional Development and Cooperative Learning
Celeste Brody

2. Creating Sustained Professional Growth through Collaborative Reflection
Carole Cooper and Julie Boyd

3. The Role of Staff Developers in Promoting Effective Teacher Decision-Making
Carol Rolheiser and Laurie Stevahn

4. Staff Development That Makes a Difference
Patricia Roy

Part II: Lessons from the Field: Approaches to Cooperative Learning and Implications for Professional Development

5. Staff Development and the Structural Approach to Cooperative Learning
Spencer Kagan and Miguel Kagan

6. Beyond the Workshop: Evidence from Complex Instruction
Rachel Lotan, Elizabeth Cohen, and Christopher Morphew

7. A Social Constructivist Approach to Cooperative Learning and Staff Development: Ideas from the Child Development Project
Marilyn Watson, Sylvia Kendzior, Stefan Dasho, Stanley Rutherford, and Daniel Solomon

8. Preparing Teachers and Students for Cooperative Work: Building Communication and Helping Skills
Sydney Farivar and Noreen Webb

9. The Cognitive Approach to Cooperative Learning: Mediating the Challenge to Change
James Bellanca and Robin Fogarty

10. Professional Development for Socially-Conscious Cooperative Learning
Nancy Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin

Part III: The Learning Community: Cooperative Learning and Organizational Change

11. Effective Staff Development in Cooperative Learning: Training, Transfer, and Long-term Use
David Johnson and Roger Johnson

12. Mutually-Sustaining Relationships between Organization Development and Cooperative Learning
Richard Schmuck

13. Faculty Development Using Cooperative Learning
Susan Ellis

14. Developing a Collaborative Environment through Job-Embedded Staff Development: One District's Journey
Linda Munger

Part IV: Return to the Vision of Community

15. Cooperative Learning Communities: Expanding from Classroom Cocoon to Global Connections
Liana Forest

16. Afterword: Promising Practices and Responsible Directions
Celeste Brody and Neil Davidson

Notes on the Contributors


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