Cooperative Thinking: The SCORE Skills

The Cooperative Thinking Strategies are a group of strategies students can use to think and work productively together. These instructional programs provide ways to accommodate a diversity of learners in inclusive classrooms and enable students to learn complex higher-order thinking skills that they can use to work together harmoniously with others in school, leisure, family, community, and work setting.
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SCORE Skills: Social Skills for Cooperative Groups describes a set of social skills that are fundamental to effective groups. Students learn to share ideas, compliment others, offer help or encouragement, recommend changes nicely, and exercise self-control. The skills can be used to establish and maintain good relationships with others in most everyday situations.

Results showed the mean percentage of cooperative skills used by students in cooperative groups in class before learning SCORE was 25 percent. The mean percentage increased to 78 percent after learning SCORE. Students in a comparison group that had no instruction in SCORE had average scores of 25 percent and 28 percent for the cooperative skills they used in cooperative groups.


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Author(s): D. Sue Vernon, Jean B. Schumaker, and Donald D. Deshler

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