St Peter's CoE Primary School

Kagan Cooperative Learning


 Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.

Alongside our other teaching methods, we make extensive use of Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures, a set of teaching and learning techniques pioneered by renowned psychologist Dr. Spencer Kagan, in America.

These structures involve pupils being divided into small groups and working collaboratively towards a common goal. The structures eliminate the typical classroom scenario of ‘hogs and logs’, whereby few children (the hogs) typically answer all of the questions, allowing the rest of the class (the logs) to be passive.  Cooperative Structures ensure all children are active participants in learning and that everyone is held accountable.  They also enable the children to develop their inter-personal skills through active listening, collaboration and presenting.  

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