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Cooperative Learning Techniques: Applications to Clay Science

S. Guggenheim and S. Kane (2002) Cooperative learning techniques: applications to clay science: In CMS Workshop Lectures, Vol. 11, Teaching Clay Science, A. Rule and S. Guggenheim, eds. The Clay Mineral Society, Aurora, CO, 45-58.

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Stephen Guggenheim
Stephen Guggenheim
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 West Taylor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7059, U.S.A.
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Sharon Kane
Sharon Kane
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
S.U.N.Y. at Oswego
Oswego, New York 13126, U.S.A.
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Published:
January 01, 2002

Abstract

In American schools, at every level and in every subject, teachers look for ways to make learning authentic, so that students will understand principles and are able to apply them to real situations. Ironically, learning and learners are too often casualties of schooling, either at the K-12 level or at the college level. According to Fried (2001, p. 126), students “... become vulnerable within a system of education that offers mostly humdrum, low-energy, task-oriented compliance in place of ... intensity, enthusiasm, and joyfulness”. In addition, at the K-12 level, one of the reasons so many students fall into a cycle of failure is that they see few opportunities to contribute in the way a high achiever does (Lasley et al., 2002, p. 317). Thus, at the K-12 level, these students often fail over and over and, at the college level, they may drop out owing to frustration. Cooperative learning strategies offer a way to combat these problems. The purpose of this paper is to provide some background on the purposes of and support for cooperative learning, and to give examples of how cooperative learning strategies have been used in secondary schools and college-level courses. Examples for college-level courses are mostly specific to the field of clay science.

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Clay Minerals Society Workshop Lectures

Teaching clay science

Audrey C. Rule
Audrey C. Rule
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Stephen Guggenheim
Stephen Guggenheim
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Clay Minerals Society
ISBN electronic:
9781881208310
Publication date:
January 01, 2002

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