11/03/2010

Collaborative Learning Approach

Define:

Collaborative Learning approach: a situation in which two or more people learn or attempt to learn something together. More specifically, collaborative learning is based on the model that knowledge can be created within a population where members actively interact by sharing experiences and take on asymmetry roles. Learners engage in a common task where each member is accountable to each other.

Apply:

Collaborative learning approach is commonly seen in educational settings. Involving joint intellectual effort by students or students and teachers. Groups of students work together to understand and make sense by sharing information and knowledge. Collaborative learning comes into play in every classroom where discussion is allowed. During class when we are split into groups or in pairs we are practicing collaborative learning.

Adapt:

Collaborative learning can be used in a community that lacks information and awareness. It can be used to help those entering the community as well as other members learn and understand needs through other community members.

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  1. Application: Collaborative learning approach could be also adopted for community development by encouraging members to collaborate with one another to gather information for a specific project, to help each other and therefore ultimately helping themselves. For example, a social development group trains the community entrepreneurs to help each other by learning how to collaborate to help each other.
    Adaptation: Collaborative learning could be adopted by self help group such as Alcohol Anonymous. Members can learn about the problem related to Alcohol consumptions by distributing the work among members and then sharing with each other at the group meeting. It can also be adopted by therapist in a group therapy model. Therapist could engaged clients in learning by collaboration and sharing with each other.

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