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TechnoLearn: An International Journal of Educational Technology
Year : 2011, Volume : 1, Issue : 2
First page : ( 237) Last page : ( 245)
Print ISSN : 2231-4105. Online ISSN : 2249-5223.

Learning in Collaboration: Theoretical Perspectives

Sahu Mayadhar1,*Assistant Prof., Rout Sarat Kumar2Assistant Prof.

1Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha, India

2Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha, India

*Corressponding Author: mayadharsahu104@gmail.com

Online published on 20 March, 2012.

Accepted:  11  October,  2011; Received:  15  August,  2011.

Abstract

The main purpose of giving schooling to the children is to bring holistic development. It is possible only through right kind of education given in right perspectives. Education does not mean imposing facts, information and knowledge upon the children by traditional lecturing and cramming method as it gives no sense in education. The right kind of learning provides socially rich and meaningful experiences and exposures to the children. Learning is no more confined to lecturing of the teacher in a traditional class room. Today we have child centric education. It respects the dignity and diversity of the learners. Learning has become an active and constructive process based on activity and experience. Teacher is tend to think of themselves less as an expert transmitters of knowledge and more as expert designers of intellectual experiences for students -as coaches or mid wives of a more emergent learning process. Now learning has become inherently social. It is socially and intellectually involving, cooperation, participation, interaction, sharing, caring, accountability and inter dependence are the main medium of learning. It fosters critical thinking promotes students interaction, builds self- esteems in students and builds positive race relation. It fosters meaningfulness and greater clarity by equipping practical skills and values among the students, so that they can be a meaningful partner in taking the multifarious responsibilities in the teaching learning process. Collaborative learning is based on the model that knowledge can be build within a population where members actively interact by sharing experiences and take on asymmetry roles. It is heavily rooted in Vygostky's view that there exists an inherent social nature of learning which is shown through his theory of “Zone of Proximal Development”. So there are different dimensions of this new approach in teaching learning process which can be utilized for making teaching learning process more active, accountable, meaningful, and vibrant. The author in this article has tried his best to explain different theoretical dimensions of collaborative learning in education which has enormous potentials and a breakthrough in pedagogy.

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