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Using Cooperative Learning to Engage Students in Science

Using Cooperative Learning to Engage Students in Science

Using cooperative learning to engage students in science

Cooperative learning can actively engage students in school science, stimulating curiosity and improving attitudes and motivation. Allen Thurston discusses the roles teachers and students can play to maximize its potential.

The increasing need for a scientifically literate public has coincided with fewer adolescents pursuing science in school. Society faces major issues such as climate change and ethical debates on stem cell research. Politicians must seek to engage the public; therefore, it is more important than ever that schools enable students to become scientifically literate. Only through this process can they participate meaningfully in these debates.

Cooperative learning may present a useful pedagogical tool to actively engage students with science. It stimulates curiosity, ...

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