Volume 7, issue 1

Peer learning, Spring 2015

There is overwhelming research evidence that students working together in small groups can help each other to learn, across age ranges and subjects. This issue of Better explores the challenges of implementing this approach successfully in the classroom. There are a number of essential elements that must be in place. For example, groups must be interdependent, so everyone has to work with each other, but there must also be individual accountability, so all children strive to achieve their personal goals.

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Contents

Page
Title
Author
4–5 Learning together and alone David Johnson and Roger Johnson
6–7 Cooperative learning structures Spencer Kagan
8–9 Co-operative learning: It’s more than group work Bette Chambers
10–11 Improving group work in the classroom Peter Blachford and Ed Baines
12–13 How can teachers’ questions contribute to the co-operative classroom? Yael Sharan
14–15 Cooperative learning for creative collaborations Lynda Baloche
16–17 Engaging reluctant students in cooperative group work Celeste Brody
18–19 Cross-age peer learning *** FREE SAMPLE ARTICLE *** Peter Tymms and Christine Merrell
20–21 Engaging students in others’ mathematical ideas Noreen Webb and colleagues
22–23 Working together to implement co-operative learning Wendy Jolliffe
24–25 Evidence in the news
26–27 The latest research

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