International Journal of Education and Psychological Research
(Print and Online Peer Reviewed Journal)
Authors: Dr. C V Satyaprakasha
Cooperative learning is an educational approach which aims to organize classroom activities into academic and social learning experiences. Cooperative learning requires students to engage in group activities that increase learning and adds other important dimensions. The first and most important element is Positive Interdependence. The second element is individual and group accountability. The third element is (face to face) promotive interaction. The fourth element is teaching the students the required interpersonal and small group skills. The fifth element is group processing. Research on cooperative learning demonstrated â€œoverwhelmingly positiveâ€ results and confirmed that cooperative modes are cross-curricular. The positive outcomes include academic gains, improved race relations and increased personal and social development. This paper focuses on the studies which have been conducted by various researchers which showed the effectiveness of cooperative leaning on social relations.