The Beginner's Guide to Cooperative Learning

Make your learners your main teaching resource

By: Jakob Werdelin , Drew Howard


Size: 222mm x 182mm

ISBN : 9781785835858

Format: Paperback

Published: November 2021

Availability: Forthcoming

A step-by-step guide on how to get simple, powerful cooperative learning up and running in your setting – both as classroom practice and as a wider approach to empower the entire school community.

The Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit describes collaborative learning as an approach which ‘involves pupils working together on activities or learning tasks’, and in such a way that enables ‘everyone to participate on a collective task that has been clearly assigned’. In the context of this book, cooperative learning relates to a number of such activities – from simple memorising to more complex analysis and debating – which are designed to boost learners’ interdependence, participation and interaction.

Drawing upon both research-informed theory and real-world examples, Jakob Werdelin and Drew Howard present both an insightful introduction to cooperative learning as a practice and philosophy and a practical guide to classroom application.

The authors share their expertise on how to amplify the effect of current pedagogical approaches and schemes of work, simplify performance management as an empowering tool for teachers and leaders, and create an inclusive environment in which every pupil is able to fulfil their learning potential. Jakob and Drew also discuss how cooperative learning relates to a range of other aspects of teaching, including assessment, metacognition and Rosenshine’s Principles.

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Jakob Werdelin

Jakob Werdelin is a Danish teacher trainer and consultant specialising in cooperative learning, an approach which structures learning environments to improve academic outcomes and inculcate readiness for work and life in the 21st century. He designs tailored interventions and training programmes for schools, colleges and universities, charitable bodies, teaching schools, multi-academy trusts and international training  providers. Jakob is the founder and director of UK-based Werdelin Education.

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Drew Howard

Drew Howard is a Londoner who has a wide range of experience in a variety of school and college settings both in the UK and abroad. He was previously an acting head teacher and deputy and is currently Director of Primary Curriculum and Pedagogy at a multi-academy trust in Norfolk.


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