Group work and collaborative learning revisited : coach or pumpkin?
CITATION: Swart, M. 1999. Group work and collaborative learning revisited : coach or pumpkin? Per Linguam, 15(2):1-17, doi:10.5785/15-2-163.
The original publication is available at http://perlinguam.journals.ac.za
As effective teaching and optimal learning are particularly crucial to a developing South Africa, it is perhaps time to take another, closer look at collaborative learning, currently one of the mast popular teaching methods. This article examines the theoretical foundation of the method and draws a distinction between it and traditional group work. It assesses the advantages and disadvantages, discusses the kind of learning that takes place during the process of collaboration and whether the method carries particular social benefits. It also explores practical issues such as he role of the tutor, the composition of groups and elements essential to success.