Various studies illustrate that cooperative learning can help students to learn the science information you are trying to teach them. Sometimes, students have the ability to learn better and faster from their peers than directly from the teacher. Studies also show that the benefits of cooperative learning for students is more than just the ability to learn the information at hand. For one, students that do not do as well in science as some of their peers learn better when they are in cooperative learning groups with a mixed ability of students. This means that a student that doesn’t do well can learn from the science star of the classroom by working with them.
7 Benefits of Cooperative Learning
According to the experts and teachers themselves, students achieve seven other benefits from cooperative learning groups.
Achievement: Cooperative learning seems to increase student achievement in learning science and what they learn seems to stay with them longer than with other teaching methods.
Retention: Cooperative learning and the achievement it brings tends to keep students in school until they graduate because the students feel as if their contributions count.
Relationships: Cooperative leaning tends to break down various barriers that exist between students because they have to learn to work together in order to achieve a common goal.
Improves Critical Thinking: Because the group dynamic creates a “debate” situation in many circumstances, where they have to work together to solve a problem, cooperative learning boosts the critical thinking skills of students.
Improves Communication Skills: Students learn how to communicate with other members of their group, express their opinions and get their point across to others, which improves their communication skills.
Helps with Social Skills: The social skills of students involved in cooperative learning also improves.
Heightens self-esteem. Cooperative learning also boosts the self-esteem of students because they feel as if their contribution matters.