Co-operative learning for students with difficulties in learning: A description of models and guidelines for implementation

Ellen Murphy, Ian M. Grey, Rita Honan

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Abstract

As part of a larger study regarding the inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream classroom settings, Ellen Murphy, of the D Clin Psych programme at NUI Galway, with Ian Grey and Rita Honan, from Trinity College, Dublin, reviewed existing literature on co-operative learning in the classroom. In this article, they identify four models of co-operative learning and specify the various components characteristic of each model. They review recent studies on co-operative learning with the aim of determining effectiveness. These studies generally indicate that co-operative learning appears to be more effective when assessed on measures of social engagement rather than academic performance. Finally, Ellen Murphy, Ian Grey and Rita Honan present their account of the factors that contribute to the successful implementation of co-operative learning for students with difficulties in learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Special Education
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Co-operative learning
  • Grouping
  • Inclusion
  • Special educational needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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