Publication Date: April 22, 2013
Research has demonstrated that cooperative learning is one of the most highly effective teaching strategies, while new findings from neuroscience confirm the brain’s natural inclination to think socially. 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 practical strategies informed by research from neuroscience and education to help groups function more effectively and thoughtfully. By adding the “cognitive dimension” to cooperative learning, this book will help readers apply new protocols and strategies for more successful, affirming, and productive 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.
“Thinking with others is its own skill, and it is high time people thought about how to optimize this skill. This is exactly what this book seeks to do.”
—Matthew D. Lieberman, University of California, Los Angeles
“Not just a volume for earnest 21st Century educators, but, rather an encompassing expose of the collaborative spirit for parents, community leaders, businessmen, architects, artists, and athletes alike. Two quintessential collaborators have assembled amazingly rich stories from remarkably qualified authors in fields from neuroscience, to architecture and the auto industry, to choral groups, a symphony orchestra and a football team. Each extols the virtues and values of thinking interdependently as the cosmic catalyst for far-reaching achievements, accomplishments, and accorded accolades. It is a rare and relevant publication for all who care about a cohesive and connected, universally human enterprise.”
—Robin Fogarty, author and education consultant, Robin Fogarty and Associates
2013 The U.K. Times Higher Education Suggested Reading List