Professional Development for Cooperative Learning: Issues and Approaches

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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 ...
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Overview

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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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780791438497
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Begin with the Teacher: Focusing Professional Development for Cooperative Learning
Introduction: Professional Development and Cooperative Learning 3
1 The Significance of Teacher Beliefs for Professional Development and Cooperative Learning 25
2 Creating Sustained Professional Growth through Collaborative Reflection 49
3 The Role of Staff Developers in Promoting Effective Teacher Decision-Making 63
4 Staff Development That Makes a Difference 79
Pt. II Lessons from the Field: Approaches to Cooperative Learning and Implications for Professional Development
5 Staff Development and the Structural Approach to Cooperative Learning 103
6 Beyond the Workshop: Evidence from Complex Instruction 123
7 A Social Constructivist Approach to Cooperative Learning and Staff Development: Ideas from the Child Development Project 147
8 Preparing Teachers and Students for Cooperative Work: Building Communication and Helping Skills 169
9 The Cognitive Approach to Cooperative Learning: Mediating the Challenge to Change 189
10 Professional Development for Socially-Conscious Cooperative Learning 203
Pt. III The Learning Community: Cooperative Learning and Organizational Change
11 Effective Staff Development in Cooperative Learning: Training, Transfer, and Long-term Use 223
12 Mutually-Sustaining Relationships between Organization Development and Cooperative Learning 243
13 Faculty Development Using Cooperative Learning 255
14 Developing a Collaborative Environment through Job-Embedded Staff Development: One District's Journey 269
Pt. IV Return to the Vision of Community
15 Cooperative Learning Communities: Expanding from Classroom Cocoon to Global Connections 287
16 Afterword: Promising Practices and Responsible Directions 309
Notes on the Contributors
Index
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