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Kenneth Bruffe talks about the benefits and dangerous parts of collaborative learning in a classroom. According to Bruffe there are more than one ways, teaching or learning methods in collaborative learning. The one way is group working in a classroom, the other one is peer tutoring. But the most imporyant part in these methods is the conversations between individuals. According to Bruffe our thoughts affect our conversations, and he indicates a quote from Oakeshott: human conversation takes place within us as well as among us, and that conversation as it takes place within us what we call reflective thought.... making this argument he assumes that conversation and reflective thought are related in two ways: casually and functionally (548-549). So, our thoughts have a really vital place in our conversations. If we think that our learnings are based upon our conversation, since our conversations are connected to our thoughts, our thoughts have an important place in our learnings to. Collaborative learning gives a real importance to our conversations, it means that it gives a real importance to our thoughts to. But, at this point a question came to my head: while students discussing questions which their teacher asked in groups, or while working in peers, do they need a guidance or should they reflect their opinions without considering them as logical or not, before they reveal their thoughts? For me students always need a guidance. I think they should be in a class where they can reflect their opinions on various subjects, and they should be able to talk about it, or discuss about it both with their classmates and with their teacher. But, they also should learn to distinguish their thoughts. I mean that while they are discussing on a subject, they also should pay attention to what they say. Of course, they learn to reflect them selves in a better way, while they are talking about their ideas without limitations, yet if no one pay attention to this distinction, for me, they won't be able to learn to reflect themselves clearly. Because, Bruffe says that before we write, we think what we are going to write in our minds (this is collaborative writing), yet if we write in a way that we talk randomly, our writing will not be able to be understood by every one. So, students need guidance to learn to present their conversation into their writings more clearly.

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