Collaborative 0r Cooperative learning? What do they mean in terms of your classroom?
According to Panitz (1999), collaborative learning is where individuals are responsible for their actions, including learning and respecting the abilities and contributions of their peers. It is more student centred and is the best approach when knowledge is derived through reasoning and questioning.
Cooperative learning is where students work in a group to achieve a specific end product or goal. It is a more directive approach and is closely controlled by the teacher and is best suited to ‘Foundational knowledge’, such as correct spelling, grammar, mathematics procedures, history topics etc. (Brufee, 1995).