Collaborative Learning as Democratic Practice: A History - NCTE
Collaborative Learning as Democratic Practice: A History - NCTE

What is Collaborative Learning?

Collaborative learning is the educational approach of using groups to enhance learning through working together. Groups of two or more learners work together to solve problems, complete tasks, or learn new concepts

The following are the benefits of collaborative learning and how I have used them in my classroom,

My role as an educator during the collaboration was to facilitate the discussion amongst the students and provide guidance where there was clarity seeking.

I used collaboration in my classroom to promotes learning from others viewpoints

The learners benefited from hearing diverse viewpoints.

Collaboration promotes listening to criticism and advice

The learner will also listen to others talking through their ideas, offering their thoughts for or against their peers’ arguments.

This dynamic approach means that learners gain a more full understanding of the topic, as they have to consider it from all angles.

Develops public speaking and active listening skills

Individuals were learning to speak well in front of an audience of their peers, to listen actively, to challenge ideas and build a framework of ideas in conjunction with others. This increased social ease will help individuals both socially and at work

Improves cooperation

learners in my classroom were likely to engage in thoughtful discussion with each other, improving both their understanding of the subject and their esteem for each other.

Topic 3: Learning in communities – networked collaborative learning