Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 27–38

Cooperative learning: A successful college teaching strategy

  • Lenora Cook

DOI: 10.1007/BF00911556

Cite this article as:
Cook, L. Innov High Educ (1991) 16: 27. doi:10.1007/BF00911556


Based on a review of the literature, cooperative learning strategies seem to be effective in raising the level of university student achievement and attitude. The few studies on commitment and retention show positive anecdotal evidence of the importance of small group structures with those undergraduates surveyed. Six features were found to be present in effective cooperative learning methodology: positive interdependence, individual accountability, a rationale for grouping, structured student interaction, instructor facilitation, and attention to social skills. Further study and review of the attitudinal and achievement potential of cooperative learning structures compared to traditional teaching methodologies seems indicated.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lenora Cook
    • 1
  1. 1.California State University

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