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Collaborative Group Learning

With the advent of the 21st Century, it has been recognised that Europe has moved towards a knowledge-based society where the grey capital of skills is highly prized. Europe has in effect shifted from the Workshop to the brain-box of the world.

The socio-economic wake created by this move has stimulated an evolution in work-life practices and with it a need for cultural, societal, environmental and above all educational change. The development of skills sets, competencies and attributes that aid an individual’s capacity to positively contribute to and benefit from this new global society need to be fostered through educative systems. Today’s students need opportunities to develop skills that enable them to fully engage with this ever evolving knowledge rich, globalised society, lifelong and lifewide.

In line with the principles outlined above and with the belief that learning is a 'fundamentally social phenomenon' (Wenger, 2009, p.210), socialised-learning strategies that engineer collaborative learning processes seem to offer a route towards developing an individual’s lifelong-lifewide learning capacity.

At the UCL Academy our ethos, structures and pedagogy are influenced by this approach to learning and education. The establishment of the Learning Set of Six and the promotion of Collaborative Group Learning are fundamental features of the way children learn within the Academy.

Based on a wealth of international and respected research findings, and the focus of ongoing academic research projects (some of which based within the Academy itself), this approach to education is unique and pioneering.

The theory, practice and application of such a collaborative approach to teaching and learning are further explored through the links on the right of this page.