Nowadays, Collaborative Learning is seen as a powerful tool that provides meaningful experiences for students and teachers, in which learning as a group is the motor that impulses other learning processes. In this type of techniques, teachers are not the ones that possess all the knowledge, and their only purpose is to transmit and reproduce that knowledge, but teachers are consider as promoters of experiences where students discover functionalities in what they learn, share with other and apply that knowledge to their real life.
From a collaborative sense, the real meaning of this technique is not only the generation of students’ encounters in which they are given a task to develop, but also are given the opportunity to give opinions, self-correction and peer correction as tools to promote tolerance and idea-sharing, planning projects, among other important benefits of Collaborative Learning.
There are some features of collaborative learning that we would like to mention briefly:
1. Learning is an active process in which all its participant provide meaningful ideas for the projects to be carried out.
2. Learning depends on rich contexts in which students can feel more interested in working as teams with clear goals to achieve.
3. Learners are diverse, meaning that every participant may have different ideas, opinions and points of view that can change or improve the project development.
We have noticed how relevant and meaningful collaborative learning is in our students’ learning process. So, we can move towards the intention of this type of approach in Education, and more important, the role of Education around Collaborative Learning.
As for education, collaborative learning has developed certain roles and values that we as teachers have to promote in our students when working in collaborative environments. These values are later turned into earnings for students. First, collaborative work involves all the participants...