Advanced Strategies

Encourage Cooperative Learning

Practices that encourage active learning and cooperative interdependence may increase student engagement. These strategies have also been shown to: enhance learning of concepts, improve student motivation, help students feel integral to the learning process, and foster positive relationships among students from different backgrounds. [1]

Cooperative techniques can help eliminate stereotypes and reduce bias. They foster a sense of interdependent cooperation where majority students work with and depend on students from underrepresented groups, and vice versa. Working together toward completing a complex task opens lines of communication between group members regardless of race, sex, age, or religion. You can help activate learning and promote belonging by trying some of the activities below.

  1. Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M.W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M.C., Norman, M.K. (2010)