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Abstract Title: Variation in Student Self-Reports of Study Group Experiences
Abstract: Existing research suggests that students who join study groups outperform students who do not, on average.  However, little work has explored how students engage in study groups and what makes some of these groups effective.  I will present interview episodes of undergraduate freshmen discussing their experiences working with others outside of class.  These students were in a seminar for physics majors that engaged students in problem solving in small group and in whole-class discussions, and that encouraged them to form study groups outside of class for their other courses.  Though many students reported studying in groups, I found wide variation in the goals, structures, and activities of their study groups.  These goals, structures, and activities may interact with the development of their conceptual understandings and epistemologies. This research is meant to motivate further research- using both interviews and in situ observations- on how students engage in study groups.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gina Quan
University of Maryland, College Park
082 Regents Drive
College Park, CA 20742