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Five Levels of Cooperative Learning
Activities for Adult Learners

Having students work cooperatively and learn from one another is more than just having students sit and work together. Teachers can choose many specific purposes with different levels of cooperative commitment necessary for success. The benefits, both cognitive and social, are important reasons to try a cooperative learning structure. Begin small. Most teachers will want to begin with an activity similar to those mentioned above in levels A or B rather than those that involve more extensive group work. When teachers and learners feel successful with these lower commitment types of cooperative activities, they can move to others that require more time and greater group cohesiveness.

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