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Collaboration enables students to build a richer understanding

Notes

Collaboration is bringing diverse thinking and skills to a shared sense of purpose. In collaborating, students can develop a sense of how collaborative investigations might affect scientists’ ideas and processes.

Collaboration is not only about delegating tasks; it is an essential part of the investigation process; from formulating a question to interpreting and reporting outcomes.

Teacher reflection

  • How can collaboration help students to gather more data than they might on their own?
  • How can teachers set up structures to help their students work together effectively?
  • What forms can collaboration take? Is collaboration limited to investigations? Can discussions be considered a form of collaboration?
  • How can collaboration extend beyond the classroom – for example, to other levels of the school, to other types of school, to people outside the school, or to people from a broader range of cultural groups?

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