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Abstract Title: Leadership and Followership in Cooperative Group Development
Abstract: Cooperative group development has been a topic of interest for many years and has been the background for a number of research-based pedagogical strategies.  Grouping students and assigning individual roles has been shown to increase confidence, teamwork and content understanding, especially among groups traditionally underrepresented in physics.  In this study, we are taking a microscopic look at group dynamics, focusing on student roles as followers and leaders.  Student expectations, ability and views of each roll are being compared to conceptual change and epistemological change throughout each semester of a two-semester calculus-based introductory physics course.  Initial results show a strong correlation between leadership development and epistemological change especially in the areas of the nature of knowing and learning and applicability to real-life.  The initial results of the research will be presented along with the long-term direction of the project.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

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