Thinking Collaboratively is a theoretical and practical guide to thinking and learning in deep and meaningful ways within purposeful communities of inquiry. Critical thinking has long been recognized as an important educational goal but, until now, has largely been conceived and operationalized as an individual attitude and ability. Increasingly, however, a more relevant and complete cognitive construct has been emerging: thinking collaboratively. Thinking collaboratively is the means to inquire, test, and apply new understandings, and to make sense of the information that bombards us continuously. In short, thinking collaboratively is required to flourish in our highly connected world and, in this book based on more than a decade of research, Garrison provides an essential introduction to this vital concept.
“Thinking Collaboratively is the definitive book on thinking and learning through collaboration. Presenting theory along with specific and effective principles of practice, it is a must-read for all who seek to improve learning and instruction within the new paradigm.”
Paul Gorsky, The Open University of Israel
“Thinking Collaboratively describes new ways to conceive of and support thinking and learning in a changing education environment—ways that ultimately allow learners to ‘flourish in our highly connected world.’ D. Randy Garrison provides comprehensive, leading-edge insights on teaching and learning. This recent contribution is a must-read for all those engaged in the evolving world of education.”
Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes, Professor and Chair, Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada
“In this masterfully designed book, Randy Garrison has taken decades of his research, technology experimentations, model building, and instructor training programs and offers the reader with a new lens to think about the myriad theoretical and practical trends in education confronting each of us today. Fortunately, the realm of ‘Thinking Collaboratively’ emerges through it all to provide a base from which to discover, discuss, and reflect upon this exciting new learning and work-related world we now find ourselves in.”
Curtis J. Bonk, Professor, Instructional Systems Technology Department, Indiana University Bloomington, USA