Bruffee explains that collaborative learning can foster both student writing, thought process, and reflective overview. I agree with him that I have seen collaborative learning or group work to work very well in some instances and be a complete waste of time in others in my own experiences as a student working in groups and as the instructor assigning group work. It surprises me that even the exact same collaborative learning activity can work so well in one class and be a failure in the next. In regard to a composition class, what types of collaborative learning activities have you noticed work the best as to what the assignment was and how the group was set up?
Response from Eda
I think in a composition class every work which gives student the chance to raise a question, being critical, and discuss about different opinions with both other students and teacher. It could be peer tutoring, group work, in class discussion, peer criticism etc. They all provide students to be critical thinkers, creative writers, and to talk about their questions, their problems in their writings. But, deciding which one is the best is almost impossible, since it depends on what the assignment is and how the group is set up. Sometimes even in the same class, one of the activities which teacher used in that class would not be work well when the assignment is changed. So, I think teacher should be aware of which activity work great with which assignment, and also he or she consider that which activity work best in which class.