Student or Learner
Do you know what is the difference between cooperation and collaboration? My dictionary says that these two words have the same meaning.
What do you think is the difference between these two?
NOT A TEACHER!!
OED online def. is:
Co-operate . 1. intr. To work together, act in conjunction (with another person or thing, to an end or purpose, or in a work): a. of persons b. Of things: To concur in producing an effect.
Collaborate 1. intr. To work in conjunction with another or others, to co-operate; esp. in a literary or artistic production, or the like.
I would tend to use "collaborate" if I were actively working with someone -- writing a book together or actively working together on a project. I would tend to use "co-operate" if I were simply working in harmony with someone. For instance, I might say to my wife, "It is time that we stop working at cross purposes and co-operate, so that our children will finally go to bed without complaining."
good morning, dervast.
(1) As the other posters have told you, these two words can mean many different things, depending on what idea you want to get across.
(2) But I think that in general, these two examples might bring out the difference:
(a) A teacher can do a good job only if the students COOPERATE (come to class on time, bring their books, do their lessons, ask permission to leave their seats, etc.).
(b) Nowadays in the United States, teachers are being urged to COLLABORATE more. For example, Tommy's math, history, and English teachers are urged to meet once a week in order to discuss any concerns they may have about Tommy's progress. The three teachers could also use one another's lessons in some way. Maybe the English teacher could write lessons that include that week's history vocabulary.
Have a nice day!