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Abstract Title: Examples Of Whole Class “Board” Meetings Overcoming Sharp Initial Disagreements
Abstract: This poster describes a whole-class whiteboard meeting and gives three examples of how they are used in a calculus-based introductory physics course taught using modeling instruction.  Students in one section are divided into six groups of 4-5 students each.  Each group creates a solution to the same problem on a 2'x 3' whiteboard.  The groups then form a large circle in the center of the classroom with their whiteboards on the ground, resting against their knees, facing out to the rest of the group.  The instructor is outside the circle and interjects only rarely, if at all.  The goal of the discussion is to come to a consensus on the "best" answer to the given problem.  Three examples are given of amazing conversations where students overcame sharp initial disagreements to eventually reach whole-class consensus.  Students are learning the epistemology of science by actively engaging in it every class.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brant Hinrichs
Drury University