Bloom’s Taxonomy and Cooperative Learning through Group Storytelling

Classroom learning environments can be classified generally into three social categories: competitive, individualistic, or cooperative. Cooperative learning is often associated with higher level of reasoning, greater generation of new ideas and transfer of learning as compared to competitive or individualistic learning. This workshop is a condensed version of a 12-lesson project on story making in an English immersion primary school in Japan. Students worked in small groups to create stories and tell them using magic flashcards. The group storytelling project was divided into 3 stages. Stage 1. Each group of three students were given six telltale picture cards and they were required to use at least three of them in their stories. Using graphic organizers, they discussed the setting, characters, problem and resolution. Stage 2. Students transferred their ideas from the graphic organizers onto storyboards. They also decided on the 6-frame illustrations they wanted for their stories. Stage 3. Students created magic flashcards with the main scenes of their stories and practiced presenting them to the class. In this workshop, participants will be guided through the abbreviated process of their 3 stages in the making of their stores as they experience the five elements of cooperative learning, positive interdependence, individual and group accountability, interpersonal and small group skills, face-to-face interaction and group processing. Bloom’s taxonomy will also be explored as participants engage from lower to higher order thinking tasks, from remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and finally creating their original story as a group.

Pedagogy, Cooperative Learning, Taxonomy, Scaffolding, Thinking, Group Skills

Pedagogy and Curriculum

Workshop Presentation

  • Eng Hai Tan
    • Assoicate Professor, Center for Liberal Arts Education, Meio University, Japan Japan