Connectivist TeachingSeeking new ideas, inspiration or support for mathematics instruction? Teachers looking for research-based strategies to engage and challenge students of diverse backgrounds may access materials from the Ne‘epapa Ka Hana (NKH) Teacher Institute. To help educators prepare for, implement and discuss socially and culturally responsive problem-based learning.
Unit 3. The Role of Social Learning
Social learning takes advantage of the students’ social nature and utilizes peer networks to create classrooms where all students are successful and engaged in the learning process. It is important to note, though, that social learning is not just having students work in a group. There are distinct differences between group work, cooperation, collaboration, and social learning. Lock and Johnson (2015) defined group work, cooperation, and collaboration in the following ways.
• Group work consists of students communicating about the subject matter, but the teacher does not facilitate the discussion
• Cooperation is a strategy for splitting the work up and bringing separate pieces together for a final product.
• Collaboration involves students learning together and working toward a common goal.
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