Unit description

Provides students with opportunities to: investigate, analyse and evaluate the teaching strategy of Cooperative Learning in the classroom environment and compare and contrast the theories surrounding Whole Brain Thinking. Students will develop a Thinking Platform based on the combining these two strategies to provide a challenging and productive classroom learning environment. They will also develop a good understanding of using cooperative assessment strategies as an authentic classroom strategy.

Unit content

This unit will examine the cooperative learning principles of positive interdependence, simultaneous interaction, equity and individual accountability, as the factors distinguishing cooperative learning from group work. The impact of whole brain thinking theories will be investigated and practical structures will be analysed according to their effectiveness in meeting the needs of all students in regard to team building, communication skills, information sharing, thinking skills and social skills. Students will research and explain these structures and determine appropriate application and implementation techniques as well as considering their potential for assessment. 

  1. Cooperative learning - define and compare learning theories. 
  2. Whole brain thinking theories - define and compare learning theories. 
  3. Cooperative learning structures - creating an environment for cooperative learning. 
  4. Assessment for affective and cognitive outcomes in the cooperative learning classroom.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

  • Bellanca, J & Fogarty, R, 2003, Blueprints for the cooperative classroom, 3rd edn, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, California. ISBN: 1-57517-548-7.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning NA (Self paced)

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Fee information


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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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