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Cooperative Learning: Social Interdependence Theory

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What is Social Interdependence Theory?

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Interdependence Theory

Interdependence theory describes the structural properties that characterize interactions and the implications of such structure for human psychology. Whereas most psychological theories focus on the individual, suggesting that people behave as they do because of their unique experiences or cognitions or personalities, interdependence theory regards the relationships between people as important as the people themselves.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rusbult, Caryl E. "Interdependence Theory." Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. 2007.


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