Cooperative learning is a technique used across primary and secondary sectors to encourage pupils to work together with individual group roles in order to complete a task but also let each person feel a sense of leadership. Cooperative learning has been known to be successful in improving student’s achievements. This methodology was created to enhance social skills of pupils and their relationships with others (Terwell, 2011). Cooperative learning has also been shown to improve both the social and thinking skills of human development (Gillies, 2007). As time has progressed, cooperative learning has increasingly more used more in classrooms as it has been found to promote self-esteem and better on task behaviour (Kelly, 2018). All of these factors can contribute to pupils’ progression in their education and will help to maximise their potential. This enquiry will focus on group roles being used in cooperative learning and if they help build confidence and ultimately help pupils progression compared to working independently.
The aims of this enquiry were:
- To investigate if group roles improve pupils progression and confidence
- To investigate if group roles help pupils meet their learning intentions and success criteria
- To decide if continuous cooperative learning will have an overall positive impact on pupils