Synthesising the data and evaluating the information highlighted how the students development of collaborative skills was very much at the early stages. The skills yet to be developed are clearly connected to the collaborative skill development progression outlined in the 21CLD Learning Activity Rubrics: Share ideas, share responsibility, make substantive decisions and work interdependently. With working interdependently unachievable without the presence of the other key skills. Reflecting on my own practice, I can see how my learning activities, although involving a high level of group work, were not targeting the development of specific collaboration skills. I did not provide opportunities for development through a more knowledgeable other, group and teacher conferences,self/.peer/teacher feedback, assessment, learning outcomes, accountability, not even a youtube clip! Students have been doing the only thing they know: share ideas. Without learning activities that are structured and designed to create opportunities for development and a preparedness of how skills will be developed, when, who and what, students will and have continued to do what they know and what they have always done.
41% agreed they listened to each others ideas with 23% knowing and agreeing what needs to be done to complete the task. Another 23% feel they hardly ever work together to complete work and 52% think they work together sometimes. However, in a similar question, only 5.9% felt decisions were made together and work was shared evenly, furthermore 52% felt they sometimes planned who, how, what, when as a group.