Explicitly Teaching Collaborative Skills in a Study of Macbeth to Enhance Powerful Group Learning and Understanding for Year 7 Boys — Anita Trolese, St. John’s Preparatory School, South Africa

  • Collaboration and Team Learning (2016-17)

2017 Action Research Award Winner

It was the aim of my project to explicitly teach collaboration skills using the study of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as the medium for this instruction. I wanted to investigate if the power of group learning and understanding could be harnessed if the boys were equipped with effective collaboration strategies.

“To do well in today’s fast-paced, highly social, ultra-competitive and globally connected world, our children need twenty-first-century skills.” Dr Shimi Kang (2015)
Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration are the skills teachers should be focused upon developing.

“Effective groups are made not born.”
Harvey and Daniels (2015) Harvey and Daniels (2015) state that “effective collaborators have a mostly unconscious repertoire of social strategies they use to operate effectively in group situations” (p. 54). It is the authors’ belief that these strategies can be taught, monitored and effectively utilised. They go on to state that “…if we want a classroom – not to mention a community or a world – where all children and teenagers can team up effectively and reliably, day in and day out, these skills need to be modelled and taught.” (p. 56)