Collaborative work is a process with a special new potential based on professional learning communities, and thus it is important to understand if students' ideas correspond to the specific characteristics of this strategy. In this paper, we have described and analyzed the appraisal of collaborative work in a group of teachers from Spanish universities. The results demonstrate that the participants have a very good understanding of this methodology, but it was not found that the students consider it as a professional teaching skill. These aspects have particular repercussions on the international teaching community, and more specifically on the Latin-American teaching community, where opportunities for the reform of teaching practices should be examined in the pedagogical practice in initial training levels.
Higher education; Initial teacher education; Collaboration; Competences; Professional learning communities