Catherine Brentnall, researcher and curriculum development consultant
The Beginner’s Guide to Cooperative Learning is for anyone who, like me, has been wondering just how to connect subject content with the art of being human. If you want great results and resilient capable young people who can hold their own in a conversation, take responsibility and engage intelligently with other people, this is the book for you. One of the most fascinating things, I find, is the necessary intimate connection between direct instruction from a capable teacher and the social construction that processes and integrates what has been taught through oracy and higher-level thinking.
This book does not fit into the traditional or progressive category in any way, shape or form; like all good teaching, it transcends simple lines in the sand. So, don't let the title scare you if you are a traditionalist. If you are a fan of Barak Rosenshine you will not only enjoy the dedicated chapter on him, viewed through the lens of Tom Sherrington’s neat streamlining, but you will also recognise his principles in the most unlikely places on every page of highly child-centred learning in this book.