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  • Collaborative learning is based on the view that knowledge is a social construct. Collaborative activities are most often based on four principles:

    • The learner or student is the primary focus of instruction.
    • Interaction and "doing" are of primary importance.
    • Working in groups is an important mode of learning.
    • Structured approaches to developing solutions to real-world problems should be incorporated into learning.

    The benefits of collaborative learning include:

    • Development of higher-level thinking, oral communication, self-management, and leadership skills.
    • Promotion of student-faculty interaction.
    • Increase in student retention, self-esteem, and responsibility.
    • Exposure to and an increase in understanding of diverse perspectives.