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Students speak out on Collaborative Learning
by Cathy Middlecamp

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  • What do students see as the advantages of collaborative learning? The disadvantages?

  • Are there any personal factors that influence their answers?

  • What suggestions would students offer to their teachers?

Last fall, I taught a large nonmajors general chemistry course that included a number of small group activities. I asked my students to express their thoughts on cooperative learning. Actually, it was somewhat of a bribe, as I offered each student five extra credit points for sending me an email essay. I explained that their thoughts were important both personally to me as a teacher and because I was serving on several advisory boards. Hence, they could speak their minds both locally and to a wider national audience.

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