The benefits of collaborative learning are numerous regardless of the age or learning level. Collaborative learning has a completely different affect on the students that engage on it. Collaborative learning is capable of developing higher thinking skill levels and can promote interaction as well as familiarity between students and members of faculty. This type of learning can also increase the retention of students and can build up their self esteem to facilitate better learning as well. Collaborative learning can promote positive attitudes toward the subject that is being taught, and can enhance the satisfaction of students with their learning experience.
Collaborative learning is also capable of developing a wide variety of different skills including oral communication skills, social interaction skills and more. It will also promote race relations in a positive light while creating an environment of exploratory, involved and active learning. Collaborative learning allows students and teachers to use a team approach in order to approach problem solving, encouraging understanding diversity as well as responsibility by students for learning. Collaborative learning can fit in well with a constructive learning approach while enhancing skills in self management and stimulating critical thinking.
Collaborative learning helps students to clarify their ideas both through discussion and through debate. It also helps students to explore alternate types of problem solutions in an environment that is safe for them to do so. This type of Collaborative learning can benefit the students and teachers in the classroom, and as such there are numerous reasons to consider this type of learning, especially in classrooms where the students come from many different backgrounds and many different styles of learning. Students can benefit from learning new styles of understanding subjects and new problem solving skills, and teachers can benefit from this collaborative learning style as well, so with collaborative learning everybody wins, including teachers and students alike.