Implementing Lesson Plans for Collaborative Learning with Children in an EFL Context
Keywords:Collaborative work, collaborative room, interaction, technology-supported input, negotiation in children, collaborative learning spaces, children's reaction to collaboration
Different authors have argued that collaborative work among children helps them to negotiate meanings and find solutions for learning. In this article, we describe a study conducted to validate a set of lesson plans specifically designed for collaborative work with children in collaborative learning spaces. A group of nine teachers implemented the lessons in their classes. Data were gathered by means of ethnographical notes to determine children’s reactions to collaborative work. As well, teachers responded a questionnaire on their perception of the lesson plans and collaborative learning. Results show that children can indeed work in collaboration when given the adequate conditions. Implications point in the direction of teacher education programs that can help teachers understand the principles and practices of collaborative learning with children.
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