Cooperative Learning and the Catholic Faith


  • Aidan Rooney St. John's University
  • Paul Vermette
  • Neil Davidson


Cooperative Learning, Catholic education, Collaboration, Catholic Social Teaching


Cooperative learning is an educational methodology developed in a secular milieu, yet has strong roots in Western, Catholic, Christian beliefs and affinity with Vincentian (after St. Vincet de Paul) beliefs and expectations about our relationships with the impoverished of all kinds. Recognizing this truth can create a sense of the familiar amongst CL practitioners and their larger communities. It also places the emphasis on the moral and practical aspects of CL in perspective. What is more, culturally, we know that it “feels right” to work with diverse others respectfully and that we are all ultimately engaging in a common project. Using Cooperative Learning turns these beliefs and human intuitions into a daily reality. Cooperative learning research has shown distinct advantages in its application in secular education. These advantages can translate into the realm of Catholic education because the values and practices of cooperative learning are compatible with Catholic education.



How to Cite

Rooney, A. ., Vermette, P. ., & Davidson, N. . (2024). Cooperative Learning and the Catholic Faith. Autonomy and Responsibility Journal of Educational Sciences. Retrieved from