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Community structure in introductory physics course networks
written by Adrienne L. Traxler
Student-to-student interactions are foundational to many active learning environments, but are most often studied using qualitative methods. Quantitative network analysis tools complement this picture, allowing researchers to describe the social interactions of whole classrooms as systems. Past results in introductory physics have suggested a sharp division in the formation of social structure between large lecture sections and small studio classroom environments. Extending those results, this study focuses on calculus-based introductory physics courses at a large public university with a heavily commuter and nontraditional student population. Community detection network methods are used to characterize pre- and post-course collaborative structure in several sections, and differences are considered between small and large classes. These results are compared with expectations from earlier findings, and comment on implications for instruction and further study.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 331-334
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
= Social Interaction
- Communication
- Research Design & Methodology
= Statistics
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2015.pr.078
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Traxler, A. (2015, July 29-30). Community structure in introductory physics course networks. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved November 30, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13901&DocID=4319
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Traxler, Adrienne. "Community structure in introductory physics course networks." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13901&DocID=4319 (accessed 30 November 2021).
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Traxler, Adrienne. "Community structure in introductory physics course networks." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 331-334 of PER Conference. 30 Nov. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13901&DocID=4319>.
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