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Is cooperative learning an appropriate pedagogy to support the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence?

McAlister, Clare M. (2009) Is cooperative learning an appropriate pedagogy to support the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence? MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Cooperative learning is a widely researched pedagogy that has received very positive research results in the USA and Canada. In the last few years this pedagogy has been adopted by a number of schools in Scotland and by one Local Authority as a major area of investment in training. At the same time, a new curriculum, called Curriculum for Excellence, is being introduced in Scotland that will bring significant changes to current practice. Underpinning this new curriculum is the development of the ‘four capacities’ of successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens. To achieve the aims of Curriculum for Excellence there will need to be a change in how schools are organised and in the approaches to learning and teaching that take place in our classrooms. This has implications for the continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers as there is a requirement, in the new curriculum, to provide more active learning in the classroom. This thesis has developed from a personal interest in the capacity of cooperative learning to include and engage learners and, therefore, its ability to promote active learning. This thesis argues, through the literature and research data reviewed, and the evidence of the research undertaken as part of this project, that cooperative learning is an effective way to support, and therefore develop, the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: cooperative learning, Curriculum for Excellence, four capacities,
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Supervisor's Name: McMahon, Dr. Margery
Date of Award: 2009
Depositing User: Ms Clare M McAlister
Unique ID: glathesis:2009-885
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2009
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:27
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/885

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