Cooperative Learning happens when girls share knowledge, skills and experiences in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation, working together on a common goal that engages each individual girl’s diverse talents. In cooperative learning environments, people learn faster, process information more efficiently and are better able to retain the information learned. This idea, also known as “positive interdependence,” engages girls in meaningful ways, encourages and appreciates differences in outlook and skills, and creates a sense of belonging. As a volunteer leader, structure cooperative-learning activities that will nurture healthy, diverse relationships and also give continuous feedback to girls on those learning experiences.
For more information, refer to the Girl Scout Journeys, Girl Scout Fundamentals and Girl Scout Grade Level training.