Collaboration involves taking turns, sharing, following rules, negotiating, and compromising.
Why is collaboration important in early childhood?
In my own definition: “collaboration is being an active member of a group that work together to achieve a common goal”. Being an active group member means you not only participate in conversations, meetings and interactions passively (i.e. only listening and learning) but you add your piece of contribution to the group Cooperation and collaboration is an important part of relationships, and children learn to respect others and to control their emotions through collaboration. Studies have found that families who play together are more cooperative and supportive, and have better communication skills. Supporting Collaboration in early Childhood helps to;
1: Develop social skills for example Collaborative school learning makes students with different backgrounds , race, or up bringing, to work together in order to solve a projectʼs given problem. children are then able to communicate, hear different opinions and learn more about different cultures.
This collaborative learning methodology is ideal for children that have difficulties in a social setting.
- Learn from peers. Generally, people have different skills, passion, and knowledge. In a small collaborative group, when a question is raised, different children can have different answers and children can learn new things from one another and also solutions land different perspectives.
- Build trust. In order to achieve a goal effectively and efficiently there is need to work together. They can work together without trusting each other, but for an effective collaboration and to reach a common goal, they learn to trust each other.
- Engage in learning. In a small group setting, each child has the opportunity to express her or his ideas. Being able to do so, and being heard can give the feeling of importance and Value. The learning experience becomes more fun, and students are eager to learn more and as they grow, they become more open to learning.
- Increases a child’s confidence. When children participate in working as a team, they receive more support from each other or an elder. They therefore gain confidence. Cooperation and collaboration can also help shy children express themselves more.
The world today survives on collaboration therefore it is very rewarding when a child learns how to cooperate with their peers and elders.
Compiled by Emmanuel Kalule and Nabayinda Juliet