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Collaborative problem solvers are made not born – here’s what you need to know
Collaborative problem solvers are made not born – here’s what you need to know
https://theconversation.com/collaborative-problem-solvers-are-made-not-born-heres-what-you-need-to-know-110663

PostedTuesday, April 30, 2019 at 2:47 PM

Updated04/30/2019

Evidence suggests that, for the most part, students aren’t being taught the skills needed for effective collaborative problem-solving.

This article opened my eyes to the idea that instruction and feedback on team projects may not help students become better team members - at least not when it comes to group problem-solving. A quote that particularly struck me:

When students process feedback on how well they learned something, or whether they solved a problem, they mistakenly think this is also indicative of effective teamwork.

The author sets forward 3 things that can help better prepare students for the collaborative problem-solving demands they will encounter in the future: teamwork training in classrooms, lots of opportunities for practice - not just for STEM projects, but across the curriculum, and better feedback that guides students toward accurate assessment of interpersonal/teamwork skills.

Evidence suggests that, for the most part, students aren’t being taught the skills needed for effective collaborative problem-solving.

This article opened my eyes to the idea that instruction and feedback on team projects may not help students become better team members - at least not when it comes to group problem-solving. A quote that particularly struck me:

When students process feedback on how well they learned something, or whether they solved a problem, they mistakenly think this is also indicative of effective teamwork.

The author sets forward 3 things that can help better prepare students for the collaborative problem-solving demands they will encounter in the future: teamwork training in classrooms, lots of opportunities for practice - not just for STEM projects, but across the curriculum, and better feedback that guides students toward accurate assessment of interpersonal/teamwork skills.

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