Through this challenge, you learn about the set of teaching procedures based on class organisation into small, heterogeneous groups where students work together in a coordinated way to solve academic tasks and advance their own learning.
24 hours approx. on the Platform (Theory)
21 hours approx. in the Classroom (Practice)
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Developing the following skills:
Give teachers the necessary tools to achieve cooperative learning in the classroom, identifying the best kind of groups to respond to the characteristics of the activities and the learning objectives, as well as carrying out group bonding activities and introducing cooperative structures in the learning sequences to promote cooperative work among the students.
Implement the learning enriched by the use of the Internet as an alternative to traditional teaching, enabling students to interact in and outside the classroom.
Plan suitable groups for each type of activity and learning objective, from knowledge of the various kinds of groups that can be used in the classroom.
Cooperative Learning is the set of teaching procedures based on class organisation into small, heterogeneous groups where students work together in a coordinated way to solve academic tasks and advance their own learning. Therefore, it requires students’ direct and active participation.
Cooperative Learning proposes a series of learning strategies based on students’ cooperative interaction so we could include it in those methodologies based on the constructivist theory of learning.
In this challenge, following the brothers, David and Roger Johnson (1994), we will look to encourage the creation of learning situations in which the objectives of those in the classroom are closely connected, so that each of them can only attain their objectives if the others manage to attain theirs.
Cooperative Learning promotes educational relationships and the creation of know-how and knowledge through systematic interaction and help among peers.
The Cooperative Learning Challenge enables:
- Clear planning of the work to be done.
- Selection of techniques in accordance with participants’ characteristics, programme objectives, teaching experience and available resources
- Delegate responsibility from the teacher to the group-class.
- Rely on the complementary nature of roles of the group members to achieve common goals, taking on individual responsibilities.
- Make a shared assessment, between the individual, the class and the teacher.
Through a personalised self-analysis, we will analyse and propose the course that best suits you, to first work on the skills you need most to develop your teaching competencies following your chosen Challenge.
We will propose:
- Practical case studies and different scenarios of educational practice
- Theory relating to the subject matter
- Proposal for application in your classroom or work environment
- Indications, suggestions and examples to implement real practice, gather evidence and share it with other colleagues.
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