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written by Robert E. Slavin
edited by Hannah Dumont, David Istance, and Francisco Benavides
This 2010 article reviews the substantial body of studies of co-operative learning in schools, in particular those using control groups being taught with more traditional methods. There are two main categories – "Structured Team Learning" and "Informal Group Learning Methods" – each reviewed and illustrated. As regards affective outcomes, co-operative learning overwhelmingly shows beneficial results. For achievement outcomes, positive results depend heavily on two key factors. One is the presence of group goals (the learner groups are working towards a goal or to gain reward or recognition), the other is individual accountability (the success of the group depends on the individual learning of every member). The chapter presents alternative perspectives to explain the benefits of co-operative learning – whether it acts via motivations, social cohesion, cognitive development, or "cognitive elaboration". Despite the very robust evidence base of positive outcomes, cooperative learning "remains at the edge of school policy" and is often poorly implemented.

Editor's Note: The free-access link to this article was published in "The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)", an organization that aims to establish evidence-based international standards and develop solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. This article is part of a larger 2010 compendium of 13 articles published by OECD under the title, The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice.
Book Title: The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
- Learning Environment
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- Achievement
- Behavior
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- Cognition
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= Skills
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10.1787/9789264086487-9-en
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Communities of Practice, Team-Based Learning, active learning, group learning, self-regulation
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R. Slavin, , in The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice, edited by H. Dumont, D. Istance, and F. Benavides, (2010), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264086487-9-en).
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R. Slavin, Cooperative learning: What makes group-work work?, in The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice, edited by H. Dumont, D. Istance, and F. Benavides, (2010), <https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264086487-9-en>.
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Slavin, R. (2010). Cooperative learning: What makes group-work work?. In Dumont, H., Istance, D., & Benavides, F. (Eds.), The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice. Retrieved October 1, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264086487-9-en
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Slavin, Robert E.. "Cooperative learning: What makes group-work work?." In The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice. Edited by Hannah Dumont, David Istance, and Francisco Benavides. 2010. https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264086487-9-en (accessed 1 October 2022).
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Slavin, Robert E.. "Cooperative learning: What makes group-work work?." The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice. Eds. Dumont, Hannah, David Istance, and Francisco Benavides. 2010. 1 Jan. 2010. 1 Oct. 2022 <https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264086487-9-en>.
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