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Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, 2nd Edition by K. Patricia Cross, Claire Howell Major, Elizabeth F. Barkley

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Chapter 2The Case for Collaborative Learning

Ten years have passed since we first reviewed the literature on interactive group learning. In that intervening decade, researchers have continued their examination, producing a substantial number of studies. Indeed, the number of items listed in the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) under the descriptors cooperative learning or collaborative learning has more than doubled since our first edition.1 This extensive research has generated so many positive reports about the benefits of intentionally designed group learning that we once again find making the case for it almost too easy. Educators can feel confident that there is ample evidence supporting group learning as an effective—even ...

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