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

  • Mathew DochertyEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 916)


How can our social brain aid our academic learning? Which role do our emotions play in learning? Can collaborative learning lead to improved academic achievement and, arguably more importantly, help knowledge transfer into the real world? This paper researches neuroscience, cognitive psychology, 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. Finally, it identifies six factors crucial to effective collaborative learning: accountability, versatility, ambience, comprehensibility, amalgamation and recapitulation (AVACAR).


Collaborative learning Neuroscience Cognitive psychology Social learning Learner motivation Shared intentionality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria School of EngineeringWelsAustria

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