Defining Collaboration and Previewing Success Factors for Effective Collaboration
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Collaboration is clearly identified as a need in higher education. The question arises as to whether it is applied in HE practice or is there (as it seems) a gap between aspiration and practice. To answer this question, we first need to determine what is meant by collaboration, where collaboration is occurring, whether there is an empirical base for any claims about its use and what are the key factors and methods of effective practice that need to be taken up. The literature suggests that formal collaborative practice is rare in higher education learning and teaching, while there is a limited empirical base showing that it does occur effectively in pockets in some inclusive K-12 schools.
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