For some, but not all, students, the option of working collaboratively with other students is an effective way to sustain engagement in protracted projects and activities. The distribution of mentoring through peers can greatly increase the opportunities for one-on-one support. The experimental and quantitative research presented here supports the effectiveness of strategies such as cooperative learning groups with scaffolded roles and responsibilities, school-wide programs of positive behavior support with differentiated objectives and supports, and peer tutoring and support. The scholarly reviews and expert opinions provide a more classroom-based perspective on the benefits of providing options to foster collaboration and communication.
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