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Cooperative learning is an interactive, structured strategy used to group all levels of children in order to meet instructional goals. Rather than working independently, children are expected to work together to complete a task. Cooperative learning groups can be used in any content area. This approach can be built into a unit of study for many purposes and at any time. It is an instructional tool designed for a specific purpose; it is not a separate program. This entry discusses the reasons for using cooperative learning and the benefits and drawbacks of the approach.

An important workplace skill in the 21st century is the ability to work together. In cooperative learning groups, children learn to work with others toward a goal. They might discover that the ...

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