Collaborative Learning - Round Table Discussion

by Simeon Flowers

Collaborative Learning - Round Table Discussion

Students Managing their own discussion in a "Round Table" discussion format is an example of collaborative learning. In this case the teacher takes a back seat and does not engage in the discussion or in assisting the students with language issues. The purpose of this type of format is to develop learner autonomy, peer-development, and exchange of ideas on an equal plane. By removing the teacher as authority of knowledge, students can negotiate meaning and exchange of ideas among their peers, and engage in more robust debate then they might with a teacher who they fear the repercussions of disagreeing with.

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