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. Kagan Co-operative Learning is one part of the teachers' toolkit which 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;
- 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.