Collaborative and cooperative learning allows students to work in a team situation to achieve an agreed upon goal. The skills learned from this type of learning will benefit you for the rest of your life.
A good team learns how to work together by having training in groups. A team works better with three to five members. More than five may get unhandy, and everyone may not be able to participate actively. When the team is assigned by the professor, it usually functions more efficiently. Different skill levels, backgrounds, work and life experience brings strength to the team. Diversity is a plus.
A good team assesses and evaluates each member. It is also important for each team member to understand the responsibilities and the priorities set by the team. Good teams function by following these guidelines.
A collaborative team will set goals and decide when and where to meet. Projects will be assigned to each team member. It is also important for team members to decide what to do when conflicts arise between team members. Scheduling times to review progress made and to figure out what is working with the group and what is not working is also vital.
Collaborative and cooperative learning allows each team member to speak out and contribute to the overall function. Every member of the team needs to be given the same consideration when discussing solutions. Working in this type of team relationship makes a person accountable to others and others become accountable to you. This type of learning also makes a student dependent on others as well as others dependent on you. Working on a team develops responsibility.