“Education is the kindling of the flame, not the filling of a vessel”- Socrates
Collaborative learning involves a range of teaching and learning approaches, that involve shared intellectual efforts across a range of students and with the support of a range of adults, during any one session.
Students generally work in groups and search for solutions to shared inquiry. The main focus is on student exploration and the application of knowledge, not simply the teacher presenting information and explaining how it is applied.
What is special about collaborative learning?
Greater involvement – this style of learning is both social and intellectually stimulating. Through a range of well planned inquiry activities, students are able to make closer connections with others, their subject and their learning. They can then apply this to a range of other learning situations.
Confidence building- through collaboration, students can gain confidence by increased interaction with peers and adults. They develop skills to take risks and to seek and absorb feedback as they explore and share ideas.
Why do we need to change?
Greater knowledge of how the brain works
An understanding that traditional teaching doesn’t ring all kids bells
A move from rote knowledge to seeking knowledge
Increasing access to instant information
Problem solving and self managing more important that regurgitating facts
A new definition about what it means to be ‘intelligent’
Forbes List of The 10 Skills Employers Most Want in 2015 Graduates
- Ability to work in a team structure
- Ability to make decisions and solve problems
- Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside the organisation
- Ability to plan, organise and prioritize work
- Ability to obtain and process information
- Ability to analyse quantitative data
- Technical knowledge related to the job
- Proficiency with computer software programs
- Ability to create and/or edit written reports
- Ability to sell and influence others
What skills do our kids need to be successful in the 21st century workplace?
- Sense Making
- Social Intelligence
- Novel and Adaptive Thinking
- Cross-Cultural Competency
- Computational Thinking
- New-Media Literacy
- Design Mindset
- Cognitive Load Management
- Virtual Collaboration
(Source : The Institute for the Future (IFTF), Atlantic Promotions, June 2011)