EEF’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit
A summary of research on collaborative learning.
Collaborative or cooperative learning can be defined as learning tasks or activities where students work together in a group small enough for everyone to participate on a collective task that has been clearly assigned. This can be either a joint task where group members do different aspects of the task but contribute to a common overall outcome, or a shared task where group members work together throughout the activity.
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A summary of research on peer tutoring.
Peer tutoring includes a range of approaches in which learners work in pairs or small groups to provide each other with explicit teaching support. In cross-age tutoring, an older learner takes the tutoring role and is paired with a younger tutee or tutees.
The Journey to Excellence
‘Cooperative learning is the use of small groups through which students work together to accomplish shared goals and to maximise their own and others’ potential.’ Johnson, Johnson and Holubec (ASCD 1994)
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