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Abstract Title: The role of participation in performance.
Abstract: The context of this study is a calculus-based introductory college physics course that is a studio-format course implementing the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE). Our study analyzes students' interactions as they work together in groups, engaging in experimental design and how their interactions are related to their problem-solving performance in exams. Students are first given an experimental design problem. They must solve the design problem and learn new physics by working together in groups of three and collaborating together as a whole class. A day later they take an individual exam in which one of the problems is related to the experimental design problem they encountered previously. Using video data, we identify different ways in which students participate in group discussions when they engage in the experimental design problem. We then see if there are patterns in their participation that are connected to their performance on the related exam question.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Binod Nainabasti
Florida International University
11200 SW 8 ST VH 180
Miami, FL 33199
Fax: 305 348-4881
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dr. David Brookes