ERIC Number: ED464510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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How Does Collaborative Learning Actually Work in a (Mexican) Classroom and How Do Students React to It? A Brief Reflection.
This paper expands on one educator's experiences teaching advanced English at a Mexican private college, focusing on the productive use of collaborative learning (CL). CL is a philosophy of teaching that involves working, building, learning, changing, and improving together. A key element of CL is positive interdependence, with students believing that they are linked with others in a way that ensures that they all succeed together. The teacher's role is to guide the students, clearly explaining the objectives of CL and the use of roles and positive interdependence within CL groups. Teachers act as guides in the CL group, rather than authoritarians. Evaluation of CL should include both group/peer evaluation and in-class peer evaluation. Steps to follow when evaluating the CL process include handing in a collaboratively written team report (that provides a grade for the team and a justification for that grade) and handing in individual team member reports (that provide a grade for each member and justifications for those grades). Justification for grades in co-evaluation is important, and it is essential that students are unbiased in their judgments and base their grading on the quality of the presentations, not the individuals giving the presentations. (SM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Peer Evaluation, Student Participation, Teacher Role
For full text: http://www/lgu.ac.uk/deliberations/collab.learning/ wiersema.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico