Introduction to the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education


The International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE) was founded in 1979 IASCE and finished its role as a non-profit organization and dissolved in late 2019. It was the only international, non-profit organization for educators who research and practice cooperative learning (CL). It held and co-held international conferences in 12 countries and collaborated with various organizations. In the 1980s and 90s, many prominent proponents of CL, such as Richard Schmuck, Robert Slavin, Nancy Madden, Spencer Kagan, Neil Davidson, Shlomo Sharan, Elizabeth Cohen, David Johnson, Roger Johnson, Noreen Webb, Mark Brubacher, Lynda Baloche, Mara Sapon-Shevin, Liana Forest, Ted Graves, Celeste Brody, Yael Sharan, George Jacobs, Kathryn Markovchik, and Angela O'Donnell actively participated in IASCE conferences. Their great contributions to the study of cooperation in education built a solid foundation of cooperative learning in theory, research, and practice of CL. IASCE also supported the publication of books and journals on the topic of CL published by leading publishers around the world. Its newsletters, issued three times a year, contributed to a lively exchange of ideas about theory, research, and practice in the field of cooperative education.

The Japan Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (JASCE) had a close relationship with IASCE. Shortly after JASCE was founded, a delegate from JASCE participated in the IASCE conference held in Singapore (2004). Since then, JASCE and IASCE developed their friendship, and a representative of JASCE served as a board member of IASCE. JASCE co-hosted the IASCE Conference in Nagoya (2008) and Taipei (2019).

In the wake of IASCE' s dissolution, JASCE decided to archive IASCE Newsletters on its website. By doing so, JASCE hopes to relay IASCE's great achievements in disseminating CL over 40 years to future generations as well as to store the precious memory of the friendship with IASCE. JASCE appreciates the IASCE board's understanding of storing IASCE Newsletters in the archive. They may be downloaded. If you utilize any newsletter content in other publications, please include an appropriate citation. As this is an archive of an organization that no longer exists, JASCE will be unable to enter into any communication about the Newsletters.

Until the end of December, you can also access the IASCE Newsletter directly from the IASCE webpage (http://iasce.net). However, after January 1, 2021, please use this page to access the IASCE Newsletter.