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Abstract Title: Positioning and discussion in effective group interactions
Abstract: This research is part of an ongoing effort to understand how students participate in learning activities in a student-centered physics class that emphasizes collaborative group work. The context for our study is an introductory calculus-based physics class structured around the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) philosophy. In this poster we examine how students position themselves in group discussions and how their positioning is related to the dynamics of the group and to the effectiveness of the group as a whole. We observe interesting differences in how the members of different groups position themselves in a discussion and how their positioning is related to the ability of the group to engage in deep and productive discussions about the physics topic they are examining, and the ability of the group to complete the task efficiently. We find that in effective groups, group "experts" create space for other members to contribute their ideas.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David T. Brookes
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St
CP 204
Miami, FL 33199
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Binod Nainabasti, Florida International University
Yuehai Yang, California State University, Chico