There are many ways that cooperative learning can promote a deeper understanding of course material. However, working with others involves certain challenges and responsibilities that need to be addressed in order to maintain the cohesion and effectiveness of your study group. Consider the following as you begin to establish parameters for your group:
Different people bring different abilities and personalities to the group, which can foster or inhibit success. The group needs to agree on what is acceptable or appropriate in terms of interactions and participation.
Before the start of the group work process, it is important to know that conflict may occur amongst group members. Conflict should be acknowledged and properly dealt with. The following are ways in which group members can handle conflict in the event that it occurs:
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