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Testing group composition within a studio learning environment
written by Kristine E. Callan, Bethany R. Wilcox, and Wendy K. Adams
The Introductory Mechanics course at Colorado School of Mines uses a hybrid lecture-studio model. In studio, students work in groups of three through scaffolded problems and experiments for two hours twice per week. Research shows that rich learning can take place in small peer group settings with appropriately designed activities, but it is unclear to what extent group composition in terms of ability or gender impacts physics learning. To explore this question, we assigned half of each studio class to groups with mixed incoming physics ability (using FMCE pre-scores), and half to groups with matched incoming physics ability and gender. We evaluate the performance of each group type according to the students' scores on the FMCE (pre and post), common course exams, the CLASS, and a survey about their studio groups. We found neither composition type superior by any measure; but did learn that pace is a concern, group communication is sometimes limited, and that only 1% of students request a different group than assigned.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 72-75
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
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- Learning Environment
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
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- Communication
- Lower Undergraduate
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Callan, K., Wilcox, B., & Adams, W. (2017, July 26-27). Testing group composition within a studio learning environment. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved November 30, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14572&DocID=4749
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Callan, K, B. Wilcox, and W. Adams. "Testing group composition within a studio learning environment." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14572&DocID=4749 (accessed 30 November 2021).
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Callan, Kristine E., Bethany Wilcox, and Wendy Adams. "Testing group composition within a studio learning environment." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 72-75 of PER Conference. 30 Nov. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14572&DocID=4749>.
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