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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by David T. Brookes, Yuehai Yang, and Binod Nainabasti
This article discusses a semester-long ethnographic study of group work in a physics class that implemented the investigative science learning environment (ISLE) approach. Students' conversations were videotaped while they were engaged in group learning activities. Our primary research goal was to better understand what factors made some groups more effective than others. We developed a coding scheme that uses particular modality markers such as hedging and upward inflection to identify how students position themselves in these group conversations. Additionally we quantified group effectiveness by how many key ideas in a particular activity a group negotiated and resolved through the course of their conversation. This research builds on theories of social positioning that posit that groups are more effective when their discussion is more equitable. Our exploratory study indicates that groups whose participants position themselves in a more equitable way, are more effective at completing challenging physics activities and resolving areas of confusion that arise.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 010103
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Classical Mechanics
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= Problem Solving
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Education - Basic Research
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010103
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ISLE, group dynamics, group learning, physics identity
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D. Brookes, Y. Yang, and B. Nainabasti, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17 (1), 010103 (2021), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010103).
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D. Brookes, Y. Yang, and B. Nainabasti, Social positioning in small group interactions in an investigative science learning environment physics class, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17 (1), 010103 (2021), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010103>.
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Brookes, D., Yang, Y., & Nainabasti, B. (2021, January 25). Social positioning in small group interactions in an investigative science learning environment physics class. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 17(1), 010103. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010103
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Brookes, D, Y. Yang, and B. Nainabasti. "Social positioning in small group interactions in an investigative science learning environment physics class." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17, no. 1, (January 25, 2021): 010103, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010103 (accessed 6 December 2022).
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Brookes, David T., Yuehai Yang, and Binod Nainabasti. "Social positioning in small group interactions in an investigative science learning environment physics class." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17.1 (2021): 010103. 6 Dec. 2022 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010103>.
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