Collaborative Learning ….
Collaborative Learning refers to methodologies and environments in which learners engage in a common task where each individual depends on and is accountable to each other. These include both face-to-face conversations.Most of the activities and the learning undertaken in Kinder Garden Preschool are individual experiences, even where Children sit together in pairs or in groups along with the Educator.
Collaborative Learning is carried out through an activity during which the Educator and children sit together and share a conversation, discuss a topic brought up by any child or learn a concept.this enables the Educator to involve every child actively. The communication is among the members of groups and not just from Educator to children. It also gives every child an opportunity of being an individual while being a part of the larger group.
Benefits of Collaborative Learning
- Children have many ideas and questions and they need an opportunity to express them in a non- threatening and nurturing environment.
- Children need to listen to each other as well as the adult and then respond.
- New concepts can be introduced easily through play.
- It helps the educator and the children to develop a rapport based on trust and respect, making learning a two-way process.
- Sitting in a group symbolically promotes the notion of equal responsibility.
- Participation in conversation enables children to have a sense of belonging to a group they can trust.
- Such activities motivate those involved into a willingness to share thoughts and feelings.
- It initiates collective responsibility for enhancing self-esteem and positive behaviour.
- It establishes a platform where children learn the importance of helping one another.
- It encourages self-discipline, as each child can identify their own behaviour and can identify a method to work it out with the support of others.