Cooperative learning has been demonstrated by research to be one of the most highly effective teaching strategies, but simply putting students in a group is not enough. The authors of The Power of the Social Brain see ""interdependent thinking"" as the missing piece of the collaborative puzzle. This authoritative book provides research from the neurosciences and education along with practical strategies to help groups function more effectively and thoughtfully. By adding the ""cognitive dimension"" to cooperative learning, this book will help readers apply strategies of successful group work in classrooms and professional educational learning communities.
Arthur L. Costa is a national and international leader in the area of thinking. Pat Wilson O'Leary is a consultant in school districts across the country to facilitate the implementation of cooperation among students and adults. Together, they have collaborated over the past 32 years co-training cooperative learning, cognitive coaching, and Habits of Mind.