An umbrella term for the variety of approaches and models in education that involve the shared intellectual efforts by students working in small groups to accomplish a goal or complete a task.
See also cooperative learning.
Students are afforded opportunities to think for themselves and compare their thoughts with those of other students. Students work together to search for and develop understandings, meanings, and solutions or to conduct research projects.
This approach is closely related to
Examples and resources
For more information about the differences between collaborative and cooperative learning, visit the Thirteen Ed Online website Concept to Classroom.