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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 4Orienting Students

Students come to college classrooms with a wide range of preconceptions about how teaching and learning occurs. Building upon first-hand knowledge acquired from their experiences in K–12 classroom settings, incoming freshmen may have watched movies set in college contexts or heard siblings or older friends describe what it is like to be a college student. As they continue in college, their front-row, or perhaps back-row, observations in various courses further shape their thinking about what college teaching and learning should be.

Many students today have had lots of experience in collaborative learning and expect that their classes will include some form of group work. Indeed, these students might feel disoriented ...

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