ERIC Number: EJ721869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb-1
Reference Count: 41
Collaboration as One Aspect of Quality: A Perspective of Collaboration and Pedagogical Quality in Educational Settings
Williams, Pia; Sheridan, Sonja
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v50 n1 p83-93 Feb 2006
The aim of this article is to problematise and discuss collaboration between children as a means of learning and as an essential aspect of pedagogical quality in educational settings. In theories of learning, children's social interaction and collaboration are highlighted as fundamental to their learning. This implies that children's opportunities to learn from each other in educational contexts constitute a decisive aspect of pedagogical quality, which focuses on possibilities for learning and learning processes in the educational system. At the same time, collaboration is questioned as a means of motivating learning beyond children's own expected potential. We suggest that it might depend on the way education is organised and carried out, the view of knowledge and what is regarded as valuable content in relation to how collaboration is defined, described, and thought about in both research and practice.
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Peer Relationship, Interaction, Learning Processes, Cooperative Learning, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Preschool Children
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden