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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 6Facilitating Student Collaboration

In a lecture-based classroom, teachers typically know what to do: present information to the students, answer their questions, and perhaps try to engage them in a whole-class discussion. In a discussion-based classroom, teachers also typically know what to do: ask questions, probe students to deeper thinking and responses, and perhaps encourage conversation among peers. When it comes to collaborative learning, the teacher's roles and responsibilities while in the classroom are not as readily apparent.

After learning tasks have been designed and assigned, the instructor's task is to help groups work effectively, yet it is not always easy to know what to do to facilitate group work. In this chapter, ...

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