Collaborative Learning

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Essay question 3: Collaborative Learning Introduction In the Book Review of Collaborative Learning, Stoerger said “ emphasis on collaborative learning is pushing educational community to a new forms” (2008). Collaborative learning involves groups of people to work, such as completing a project or producing a product. All team members’ work sequentially to the project and towards to the same goal. It is quite difference with cooperative learning, which members work concurrently on the project and focus their personal objective (Dillenbourg, 1999). For a university student, it is vital to learn collaborative learning, which can benefits for their current studying and for their futures’ career path. It also exists challenges for…show more content…
For students, when they start to learn collaborative working, there will have conflicts between members. Due to difference personality, members should learn to listen each other, even though there have disagreement. Listen first and member can speak out personal opinions, which can show respect to each other and more confidence. Moreover, in a team, each member should value other’s abilities and knowledge. For example, if there is one member fails to trust others ability to gain a higher mark, it will increase team conflicts between members. Under collaborative learning process, all members should contribute their talents to the team in order to improve the overall performance (Thirteen Ed Online, 2004). Therefore, in order to ensure all team members can work together and accordance, it needs them to make joint effort to contribute their skills to the team and accomplish the object in an effective manner. Collaborative learning is a great tool for instructors to motivate their student to work with their peers. It is a challenge for teachers to guide their students to work as a team and allocate them into one group. To form a group is an unnatural process, instructors need to rely on the detail of assignment, the nature of the task, students’ personality and their abilities to form a group. If a teacher fails to examine necessary factors before forming a group, it will experience a conflict or unbalance team and directly affect the work performance (Barkley, et al,
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