Collaborative Learning: The Group is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Mathew Docherty

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How can our social brain aid our academic learning? Which role do our emotions play in learning? Can collaborative learning lead to improved ac-ademic achievement and, arguably more importantly, help knowledge trans-fer into the real world? This paper researches neuroscience, cognitive psy-chology, social interdependence and social learning examining the role of collaboration in learning. It researches empirical data, including meta-analyses and studies, into collaborative interactive learning, in order to support the argument that collaboration leads to increased academic achievement compared to students who learn via traditional methods. Fi-nally, it identifies six factors crucial to effective collaborative learning: ac-countability, versatility, ambience, comprehensibility, amalgamation and recapitulation (AVACAR).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education - Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning ICL2018 - Volume 1
EditorsMichael E. Auer, Thrasyvoulos Tsiatsos
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventGmunden Retreat on NeuroIS 2015 - Gmunden, Austria
Duration: 1 Jun 20183 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceGmunden Retreat on NeuroIS 2015


  • Cognitive psychology
  • Collaborative learning
  • Learner motivation
  • Neuroscience
  • Shared intentionality
  • Social learning


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