Encouraging self-organising groups
How can one ensure that students collaborate, if they have no previous experience of collaborative learning?
Davinia Hernández Leo and colleagues suggest some strategies, including: (1) assign tasks soluble by a team but not a single person (eg, limiting the time allowed to force division of labour); and (2) holding back from answering a student’s questions to give other students a chance to respond (eg the rule of “three before me” – answer a question only after a student has asked three others for help).
See pp. 70-71, ‘Encouraging self-organization’
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