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Collaborative Learning in K-12 Education: Unleashing Productive Interaction in the Classroom

Collaborative Learning in K 12 Education Unleashing Productive Interaction in the Classroom2

Many accomplishments in our societies and cultures were achieved by people working together productively and creatively to solve a specific problem—the essence of collaboration. It is more and more seen as a critically important skill. Libbey Kitten, a K–12 science STEM specialist at Powhatan County Public Schools in Virginia, says, “Beyond content knowledge, we need our students to learn how to collaborate, communicate respectfully with each other, take constructive criticism and engage in discourse in a way that doesn’t lead to a fight. In the era of standardized testing, we moved away from skills like collaboration and perseverance. But businesses are telling us that’s what they need.”

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