Elaine Reilly

Primary Teacher

St. Gerard’s Primary School

  • Cooperative Learning

What happens when the role of the reporter is introduced at the end of co-operative learning tasks?

Rationale

Scottish Educational Policy advocates the benefits of collaborative learning as a way of developing critical life skills, across the primary curriculum. (Ellis and McKechan, 2012) Indeed Education Scotland (2016) describe co-operative learning as an approach to group work that encourages pupils to learn from each other, sharing knowledge and expertise and gaining new skills and confidence allowing them to learn together and become stronger individually. However, it is important to consider if pupils are only doing what is necessary to fulfil their given role; simply doing what is asked and not contributing or learning to all aspects of group work.

Aims

The aim of this enquiry is to investigate whether the introduction of the reporter role at the end of co-operative learning is more effective on individual accountability impacting on deeper and more meaningful learning.

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