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Abstract Title: Redefining the Instructor's Role as a "Transient" Group Member
Abstract: Abstract: Research-validated educational reform has led to classroom models that vastly differ from the structure of traditional lectures, requiring students to adapt to new educational frameworks. We present results of a pilot study that, through the lens of a socio-cultural theoretical perspective, examines the interaction between the instructor and students working in a group. We examined the differences in how students interact with the instructor when the instructor's appearance varied between casual and more formal. We found that when casually dressed an instructor more easily takes on the status of a "transient" group member, which promotes effective group interaction by engaging the group without interrupting their dynamic interaction. This role is achieved by explicit attention to the overt and covert messages the instructor sends students
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jared Durden
Department of Physics Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St CP204
Miami, FL 33199
and Co-Presenter(s)
Renee Michelle Goertzen Dpt of Physics Florida International University

Eric Brewe Dpt of Instruction and Learning and Dpt of Physics
Florida International University

Laird Kramer Dpt of Physics Florida International University