Cooperative Learning is a collection of theories and practices that encourage learning from positive interdependence and promotes individual accountability. Learning groups may be formed by formal and informal means, for long and short term assignments, respectively. Retention and achievement both improved as cooperative learning was integrated into the learning environment. Cooperative learning improved social skills of both students and teachers.
I find it striking that cooperative learning is directly related to improvements in achievements, positive social relationships, and improved psychological health. Compared to individual and competitive learning, cooperative methods are shown to provide a means to emotional maturity and strong personal identity. Students also realize people like and accept them, they contribute to their own and others’ success, and they develop a self-perception in a realistic way.