Collaborative work refers to the common goal that several people have when working or learning together; this group of people tries the outmost to exchange ideas, conceptions, and awareness to fulfil a task or a project.
But which are the concrete advantages for learners when working collaboratively in the classroom?
Some of the benefits are the following:
- Values, such as teamwork, cooperation, appreciation, or promotion of learning, are boosted and developed.
- Learning is encouraged since students can enhance their skills and knowledge through interaction with the rest students; that is to say accomplishing group learning.
- Knowledge could be easily exchanged among peers who collaborate with each other by swapping their ideas, theories, and knowledge.
- Communication is enhanced and developed. Through students’ continual cooperation and discussion, communication skills could be improved day by day. This refers not only to children but also to adults.
- Listening to criticism and advice is promoted. Learners will try to promote their own thoughts and ideas to the rest of the group and then arguing for or against their peers’ arguments. In this way, learners receive a full understanding of the topic from all angles.
- Public speaking is developed, too, since individuals learn to speak in front of other people by gaining confidence for instance, during the final presentation of the task results in the rest of the classroom.
So, having these in mind, consider once again as a teacher of applying collaborative work during your lessons.