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Fundamentals of Cooperative Learning

Nevertheless, strong opposition has developed.

To better understand the opposition to the cooperative learning concept, one must begin with an appreciation of the stated aims of the application of the cooperative learning concept. Some of the aims attributed by proponents of the cooperative learning concept to its application are as follows: 1. One stated aim of cooperative learning is to give priority to the development of interpersonal skills over individual student accountability (Schultz, 19891990). At a time when most parents, most members of the general public, and most political leaders are emphasizing a need for individual student

accountability, this aim of cooperative learning is decidedly outofstep with prevailing thought in the United States. The position of the educators supporting this aim of cooperative learning, however, is consistent with National Education Association opposition to accountability programs for teachers.

2. An additional aim attributed to the application of the cooperative learning concept by its proponents is the elimination of competition in the learning process (SaponShevin, & Schneidwind, 19891990). While the elimination of competition in the learning process is a positive step, such a change is, again, counter to prevailing thought in the United States relative to competition generally, and it is, thus, not surprising that this aim engenders opposition to the cooperative learning process. Secondly, while the elimination of competition in the learning process may produce positive effects on learning outcomes, students must continue to compete for spaces in desirable institutions of higher learning. Thus, the elimination of competition in the learning process by means of substituting group achievement rewards for individual achievement rewards is unfair to the superior students in cooperative learning groups, and it is not surprising that such an approach to rewarding stu...

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