Qualitative Methodologies for Studying Small Groups

Authored by: R. Keith Sawyer

The International Handbook of Collaborative Learning

Print publication date:  February  2013
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415805735
eBook ISBN: 9780203837290
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869556


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In a collaborative learning environment, students often talk to each other as they construct knowledge together. Collaborative learning environments often go by names such as project-based learning (Krajcik & Blumenfeld, 2006), problem-based learning (Hmelo-Silver & DeSimone, chapter 21 this volume), or inquiry-based learning (e.g., Slotta & Linn, 2009; Wells & Arauz, 2006). The teacher works closely with student groups to provide appropriate support and necessary information about relevant facts and procedures as they work to solve problems or to pursue project goals. The teacher often facilitates or channels the discussion, but if students are collaborating effectively an experienced teacher may realize that the best thing to do is to stay silent.

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