Cooperative skills are in constant demand. In industry, commerce, management and in classrooms there is a need to work effectively with others. This book fills a gap in the literature on teaching methods. It clarifies what cooperative learning really is all about and shows how it can be applied in New Zealand classrooms. Cooperative Learning in New Zealand Schools is multi-purpose. It deals with the theory and offers a conceptual understanding for those who want to know the background to the method. It is also full of sound, practical advice based upon fifteen years of working with teachers in early childhood, primary and secondary schools throughout New Zealand. Drawing upon their experience in hundreds of classrooms, the authors show how cooperative learning can be introduced into any classroom. Don Brown and Charlotte Thomson use cooperative learning principles extensively in their work with teachers. They base their lectures around cooperative methods and Â�walk the talkÂ� in their workshops and seminars.