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Abstract Title: A Study of Informal Learning Communities: A Tale of Two Physics Courses
Abstract: We asked students in two second-semester introductory college physics courses to report on a weekly basis who they worked with on physics outside of class time. One course was a lecture-based course while the second was a studio-based student-centered course implementing the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE). We use social network analysis to visualize and quantify each student's position and engagement in the informal learning community that formed outside of class. Our study analyzes the relationship between students' network positions as they work together in groups outside the classroom with their performance on exams and overall course grade. We interpret our results through a participationist viewpoint on learning. Comparisons between the two courses reveal interesting similarities and differences. While the learning communities in these two distinct settings may look very different, our results show the overarching importance of informal learning communities irrespective of course type.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Yuehai Yang
California State University, Chico
400 W 1st St.
Chico, CA 95929
Phone: 8134808960
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Binod Nainabasti, David T. Brookes, and Eric Brewe

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