The Impact of Collaborative, Scaffolded Learning in K-12 Schools: A Meta-Analysis
Although Americans view themselves as a nation of self sufficient individuals, in reality much of the work they do is accomplished in collaboration with others. With the advent of technology and Web 2.0 tools, such collaboration has dramatically increased and is accomplished online. Outside of school, learning new tasks often comes about by working collaboratively with more experienced peers. In contrast, learning in school has traditionally been an individual activity, where collaborating is considered "Cheating." And, since many Web 2.0 collaboration tools are currently banned from K-12 schools, online collaboration is not typically used to augment K-12 learning. As a result, students are underprepared to work as part of a team when they graduate from high school.