Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Designing group work: Strategies for the heterogeneous classroom

Thanks to Ajoy Vase, math teacher at Ouchi High School in Los Angeles, California, and graduate of Stanford STEP program for suggesting this wonderful book by Professor Elizabeth Cohen: Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the heterogeneous classroom.

The book is full of insights from social science research that inform the design of collaborative learning activities. One of the best blueprints for collaborative learning task design that I know of. Please share other books on the topic that you like.

There are many many insightful sentences that I want to share from this book. Here is one:

"The major advantage of combining a manipulative task with a group setting is that Geraldo has a number of helpful resources, including concrete materials to represent abstract ideas and other people engaged in the same task." (page 8)

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in collaborative learning.

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