Does Collaborative Work Offer Students an Opportunity for Bullying?

Published Nov. 3, 2010

From the Hechinger Report: Group work in the classroom teaches students to collaborate, but some say it may offer a prime opportunity for bullying, education blogger Sarah Garland writes in this post. In a recent interview, Williams College professor Susan Engel argued in favor of collaborative learning, which she says helps prepare studtens for projects in the workplace. Author Katharine Beals disagreed, arguing that group activities—especially those that lack constant supervision—offer a venue for bullies to target vulnerable students.