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Why cooperative learning is key to your student’s future success.

The top 10 skills employees look for in graduates

1. Ability to work in a team

2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems

3. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work

4. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization

5. Ability to obtain and process information

6. Ability to analyze quantitative data

7. Technical knowledge related to the job

8. Proficiency with computer software programs

9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports

10. Ability to sell and influence others

The top skill mentioned by prospective employers when recruiting university graduates is the ability to work in a team. In fact, the top 5 skills in the Forbes list all involve knowing how to work with others collaboratively. But how much emphasis is placed on these skills in the school curriculum to prepare our students for these life skills?

In our cooperative learning special this month, we’re focusing on how to form groups, how to raise your student’s awareness of the skills needed to work collaboratively, how to practise effective communication and give feedback and which roles students can take on to make group work in class more successful.

There are lots of examples of cooperative activities on the web but how well do they work if you haven’t given your students enough support in how to carry out group work successfully? Check out the first article in this series: 5 ways to increase success in group work.

Maria Toth