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Working Together: a handbook for co-operation breaks new ground. It examines co-operation as a technique for handling conflict.
- can form a study-text in itself
- supplies a wide range of material for scrutiny and discussion in the classroom
- can be used as a classroom basis for project work. Within the 50 or more springboard ideas it contains, every member of a GCSE class could be expected to find a topic suitable for research and experiment.
Five main sections, covering private life, school, adolescence and society as a whole, are divided into short modules. These modules provide
- accounts of co-operation in action (including ways of handling bullying in schools)
- practical exercises and experiments for individuals and groups
- relevant ideas and first-hand experiences drawn from literature, biography, history, journalism, psychology, education and social studies, ecology, foreign affairs, politics and philosophy
The style and presentation is clear, attractive, and accessible. The modules are widely varied in content and difficulty (but they are not graded in any way). People of all levels of ability could expect to find something interesting and stimulating.
It is intended that the readers should engage with the handbook in creative and imaginative ways. If the readers are teachers, one of those ways could be to employ Working Together as a resource in covering the GCSE Humanities syllabus.
The publishers of Working Together suggest that co-operation is one of the most fruitful ways to forestall, reduce or resolve harmful conflict. The mature exercise of free will involves not only choice between known options but also the ability to imagine new ones that are potentially more positive and constructive. This has implications for education as a whole. Co-operation itself is a new and effective subject of study. It also offers a valuable position from which to study the Humanities, and to develop life skills by doing so.