‘Cooperative Learning’ is a teaching strategy in which small mixed-ability groups of students complete a series of tasks in order to improve their understanding of a subject. Each member of a team is responsible not only for himself but also for helping teammates tolearn. This helps to create an atmosphere of common achievement. Students work through a task until all group members have successfully completed it. Cooperative efforts oblige students to interact and depend on each other, sharing a common aim and a common benefit.
This is the start of a move away from teacher-directed tasks, towards a classroom where students are taking more responsibilityfor their own learning.