Classroom Collaboration

1st Edition

Phillida Salmon, Hilary Claire

Routledge
December 15, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 252 Pages
ISBN 9780367434922 - CAT# K455055
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

Originally published in 1984, this is an account of a two-year study of four comprehensive school classrooms, where teachers were fostering collaborative learning methods. The authors draw on their joint knowledge and experience as a psychologist and a teacher to give an insight into pupils’ perceptions of their schooling, and a dynamic analysis of the process of education that they experienced.

Working on the premise that successful collaboration demands common goals and mutual understanding, the author observed pupils at work, transcribed their talk, and carried out interviews with both pupils and their teachers. They show how individual children can support and learn from each other, document the social and psychological features underlying the use, or non-use, of collaboration, and take the teachers’ own frames of reference as a standpoint in evaluating success.

The authors’ findings were intended to encourage teachers to move away from the traditional view of education as the transmission of knowledge to passive pupils. Social relationships within the classroom can potentially be, not merely a source of disruption, but the basis of learning itself. This possibility is particularly significant in the context of inner-city schools where there is often mutual mistrust and hostility across lines of race, class, gender or ability.

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