Introduction: What is collaborative learning?: An overview

Angela M. O’Donnell, Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver

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Collaborative learning has become an increasingly important part of education, but the research on collaborative learning is distributed across a variety of literatures including social, cognitive, developmental, educational psychology, instructional design, the learning sciences, educational technology, sociocultural research, social psychology, sociology, and computer-supported collaborative learning. Although these elds overlap, researchers and practitioners do not necessarily read outside their own disciplines. As the study of collaborative learning continues to expand, there is a need for an interdisciplinary research agenda with sharing of theoretical and methodological perspectives. e goal of this volume is to integrate theory and research ndings across these communities of scholars to forward our understanding of collaborative learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe International Handbook of Collaborative Learning
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781136869556
ISBN (Print)9780415805735
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


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