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Overview

The demographic makeup of the student population in higher education has changed in dramatic ways over the past decade. These changes have motivated questions about what constitutes knowledge and about how we learn and understand new concepts, processes, and skills. Working from the premise that knowledge is not a quantifiable mass of information to be transmitted but rather a socially constituted process of making meaning within constantly changing and interacting contexts, the authors of this volume seek to define and extend current understanding of collaborative learning in higher education. Each chapter blends theory and practice as it explores a particular aspect of the processes underlying collaborative learning. Case studies from three universities demonstrate collaborative learning in action, its potential and its challenges. This volume uses information about current developments in collaborative learning across the country to extend our understanding of its possibilities and offer guidance to faculty who wish to establish effective collaborative learning classrooms. This is the 59th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Teaching and Learning.
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Meet the Author

KRIS BOSWORTH is assistant professor in curriculum and instruction and director of the Center for Adolescent Studies at Indiana University. Her research interests are in the development of educational programs that promote positive and healthy social, emotional, and cognitive development. SHARON J. HAMILTON is associate professor of English in the School of Liberal Arts, Indiana University at Indianapolis, author of My Name's Not Susie, and coeditor of Sourcebook for Collaborative Learning in the Arts and Sciences.
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Table of Contents

Editors' Notes 1
1 Is This Collaboration? 5
2 Teacher as Co-conspirator: Knowledge and Authority in Collaborative Learning 15
3 Developing Collaborative Skills in College Students 25
4 Group Dynamics: Understanding Group Success and Failure in Collaborative Learning 33
5 Critical Thinking and Collaborative Learning 45
6 Computer Technology and Collaborative Learning 59
7 Assessing Effectiveness in the Collaborative Classroom 69
8 Case Studies 83
9 Freedom Transformed: Toward a Developmental Model for the Construction of Collaborative Learning Environments 93
Index 103
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