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Being social and co-constructed. Children and educators work together to identify ways of learning and understanding through sustained shared thinking and action.

'Collaborative' unpacked

Teachers may:

Children may:

  • engage children in purposeful, relevant shared decision making

  • model ways to share ideas and listen to others

  • ensure that children have opportunities to participate in learning experiences that are social and co-constructed

  • collaborate with children using processes that encourage sustained shared thinking.

  • negotiate the rights, roles and responsibilities of their learning community

  • contribute ideas, actively listen and encourage others to join learning experiences

  • cooperate positively with others in group learning experiences

  • seek to be involved in choosing and negotiating learning experiences

"Social interaction and collaborative activity among children in class can provide valuable, complementary and distinctive opportunities for learning and conceptual development".

To find out more read the Age-appropriate pedagogies for the early years of schooling: Foundation paper pdf version Adobe PDF document1.3M - word version. Microsoft® Word document 88K

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This page was last reviewed on 20 Jul 2016

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