Implementing cooperative learning in two international multicultural classrooms in Southeast Asia : teachers and students' perceptions
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This study is a qualitative case study. It aims to find out teachers and students’ perceptions about implementing cooperative learning in international multicultural classrooms (IMCs). The implementation of different cooperative learning techniques, structures, and strategies are discussed. Teachers and students’ perceptions of using cooperative learning in two multicultural classrooms are presented. I also discussed the benefits of using cooperative learning in multicultural classrooms, the challenges the teachers may face, and the changes they need to make to implement cooperative learning successfully. The data of the study showed that the use of cooperative learning in an international multicultural (IM) learning environment was helpful to break cultural barriers caused by diverse viewpoints, enhance students’ learning, increase their social skills, and improve levels of thinking. Through the study, I was able to understand what teachers and students in two IMCs thought about the implementation of cooperative learning and experience first-hand how other teachers, administrators, and I can improve our teaching skills in an IM learning environment.