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"Does CL really work?"

Two answers come to mind with this question: "Yes." and "It depends." If properly incorporated into the course dynamics, collaborative learning has been shown to be successful at improving student achievement, persistence, and attitudes on the college level (see the SMET meta-analysis), and also to improve race relations, acceptance of academically handicapped students, and self-esteem in the K-12 level (and likely also on the college level).

However, as with any teaching approach: if collaborative learning is haphazardly thrown into the course, the turmoil and student frustrations may outweigh any benefits that working in these learning groups could have provided.

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