Emma Ferguson

Primary Teacher

Kirkshaws Primary School

  • Cooperative Learning

To what extent do cooperative group roles increase pupils’ participation in a mixed-ability group setting?


Cooperative group roles have been said to encourage higher levels of participation within mixed ability group work settings and more positive attitudes (Blatchford et al, 2003). Within my classroom, many children were experiencing significant anxiety and stress when facing tasks in group settings, preventing them from reaching their full potential. I felt that introducing cooperative group roles could help to address this key challenge and increase participation levels as each child would have shared accountability within the group (Johnson and Johnson, 2013).


The aim of the practitioner enquiry was to introduce cooperative group roles to mixed-ability group activities to measure the extent to which the participation of pupils increased.

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