Using Cooperative Learning in Design and Technology

Georgios Koutsides
2001, Vol. 6, No. 1,


This paper examines some general aspects of cooperative learning in relation to the activity of designing and making by students in design and technology. Cooperative learning has a considerable body of research validating its effectiveness. Over the past 90 years, 550 studies have been conducted comparing the relative effectiveness of cooperative, competitive, and individualistic learning. Cooperative learning consistently proved that it improves achievement and retention, creates more positive relationships among students, and promotes students' psychological health and self-esteem.

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