The Importance of Collaborative Learning

The Importance of Collaborative Learning

Using collaboration to learn more from the books we love on personal development.

There is a paradox of reading personal or professional development books that we don’t like to admit to ourselves.

We read a book to develop ourselves, we don’t actually develop any real skills, we look for the next book to develop ourselves, etc.

We read books on personal or professional development to improve ourselves in a particular aspect of our personal or professional lives.

The question we ask at MY BOOK CLUB is, do we actually develop when we read these books? We may recall some information and anecdotes from the stories, we can recommend a relevant book to someone who wants to develop a specific area of their lives and we get to tick a box that says “I’ve read that book”.

But did we actually get better?

Did we develop new positive habits?

Did we establish a new way of thinking?

Did we improve a system or process?

Are we better communicators?

Do we have more loving relationships?

Or have we just ticked a box?

Ask yourself this question, “What long term benefit have I gained from reading this book?”. And then ask it again in one month’s time. For the vast majority of us, we read personal and professional development books with the desire to better ourselves in some way. But once the book is closed, we go back to our lives and the words that we have read don’t translate into anything other than a memory.

An open book on a table next to folded glasses, and a red mug of coffee

Our Mission

Our mission at MY BOOK CLUB is to create a platform that enables you to walk away with knowledge, skills, or habits that you apply to your life and that actually achieves the goal of personal or professional development.

How?

We do that by integrating some of the most effective systems for learning. One of the most valuable features is collaborative learning. Collaborative learning is a situation in which 2 or more people learn or aim to learn something together. The concept of collaborative learning has been widely researched and advocated and is used in many other areas of learning.

The term ‘Collaborative Learning’ refers to an instruction method in which learners at various performance levels work together in small groups toward a common goal. The learners are responsible for one another’s learning as well as their own. Thus, the success of one learner helps the others to be successful.

The more traditional approach to learning is individual learning, and if anything says “individual learning” it’s reading a book on personal development.

Unlike individual learning (reading a book on your own), people engaged in collaborative learning capitalise on one another’s resources and skills (asking one another for information, evaluating one another’s ideas, monitoring one another’s work, etc). If you really want to ‘develop’ from the books you read, then, collaborative learning should be an asset you take advantage of.

Still unsure, here are some of the benefits:

  • A 1995 paper from Gokhale states that individuals are able to achieve higher levels of learning and retain more information when they work in a group rather than individually.
  • Johnsons’ survey of educational research demonstrates cooperation, in comparison with competitive and individualistic efforts, result in:
  1. Higher achievement and greater productivity
  2. More caring, supportive and committed relationships and
  3. Greater psychological health, social competence and self esteem.

And they’re just some of the (over 50) benefits that you gain on top of the development from the book we’re reading.

When you read a personal development book, there is a base of information that you need in order to grow. Acquiring this knowledge requires a degree of repetition and memory work. When you do this on your own, it can be boring, tedious, and overwhelming and you are far more likely to give up and just move on to the next book.

However, when you work with like-minded people who are working on a similar area of development the process becomes interesting and fun, despite the repetitive nature of the learning process.

What is the answer?

There is no answer, not yet.

But what we do know is that you are far more likely to develop the skills, habits, and growth that you are after when you do it in a collaborative learning environment like MY BOOK CLUB.

If you want to get more out of the personal development books that you read, simply click to join the club.

** Article references can be found here and here

Blog by Denee Lalouette

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