Cooperative Methods

Our methods are cooperative and inclusive.

Working in groups means to involve participants in a common action, while establishing true cooperative structures that support equal participation, interdependence and autonomy in learners.

We aim to establish learning experiences that embark all learners on the journey. Exclusion is a familiar covert phenomena and groups easily may succumb to it. This is why we pay specific attention to group dynamics and inclusive practices.

Because our training courses are based on Cooperative Learning, which is group work structured around the four principles of equity, interdependence, parallel and simultaneous interaction, learners get a first-hand experience of how effective, creative, and comprehensive, learning in a group can be – when everyone enjoys equal rights and is seen as a contributing and indispensable part of the whole. Cooperative principles create an evolutionary we-space where ‘miracles’ do happen, such as a welcoming and friendly environment, less frustration, increased readiness to deal with conflict in constructive ways, enhanced learner motivation, better learning and enhanced enjoyment of learning (Aronson, 2001).

Learners in the care of L2C trainers will:

  • Discover the fun of being put center stage as a learner.
  • Explore the range of social skills needed in democratic societies, practiced through cooperative learning, such as: voicing your opinion, negotiating meaning, agreeing and disagreeing, developing open-mindedness, civic mindedness, etc.
  • Examine the wholesome effects cooperative learning has on the social cohesion of your groups and teams, such as enhanced creativity, early warning systems for conflicts, and quick intervention possibilities… for where there are friends there is no bullying and harassment.
  • Develop the skill to model safe and inclusive learning environments for teams and classrooms.
  • Experience the lightness that comes with leaving responsibility for learning where it belongs  – with the learner!
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