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Cooperative Grouping: Ideas for Effective Classroom Practice

Author(s): Amanda Santana

Examples of Non-cooperative Groups

Students may argue within the group and try to take control of the group or dominate the conversation. Other students may be reluctant to participate due to shyness. 

Another common non-cooperative group situation is when one member ends up completing the work while the rest of the group chats about topics unrelated to the subject at hand. Tasks may not remain unfinished because the student who normally works the hardest does not wish to end up with all of the work load again. 

In other situations, one member may come up with all of the answers and ignore the suggestions of the rest of the group. 

It is important for students to learn how to cooperate in groups at it is a skill that will come in handy later on in life, as even adults must at times collaborate together.