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Kagan: Co-operative Learning 

Following on from the roll out of Kagan last year, it is clear that staff and students are embracing the structures and reaping the rewards of co-operative learning in their teaching.

Kagan Co-operative learning is an approach which has a proven track record of improving the attainment and engagement of all students and narrowing the attainment gap between the most and least able. It is based on the use of a number of structures suitable for any content which incorporate co-operative student-to-student interaction as an integral part of the learning process. It supports much of our other work in Assessment for Learning and Behaviour for Learning at The MFG.

The benefits of Kagan Co-operative Learning:

  • Actively involves students in the learning process;
  • With Co-operative learning results have improved – research indicates that this approach can help students achieve more and close the achievement gap;
  • Promotes critical thinking;
  • Increases a long list of social skills, including: listening, taking turns, conflict resolution skills, leadership skills, and teamwork skills which can help to boost self-esteem and responsibility and ultimately helps to prepare students for success in life;
  • Encourages a “can-do” attitude because students have opportunities to process their thinking and answers.

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