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Small Groups for Collaborative Learning
Uses for Collaborative Learning (Groups of 3 or more) to develop community and promote effective learning
Using ideas and
Purposes of all
collaborative learning groups: “to engage students actively in their own
learning and to do so in a supportive and challenging social context” (9).
However, you may have questions!!
What is the most important and most common mistake teachers make in collaborative learning?
They under-prepare. Collaborative learning is at least as much work as lecturing, if not more.
How often should I use collaborative learning?
answer to this depends on the subject matter, the "character" of each
class, and your own style. In a four or five-hour-per week class,
doing a collaborative learning task about once a week enhances learning
and keeps students engaged with the material. In a two-hour class, I
recommend either a collaborative learning exercise or a pair project
(see Pairs) every class.
E-mail: Lydia Hearn