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Abstract Title: Two Examples Of “Board” Meetings Overcoming Sharp Initial Disagreements
Abstract: This poster describes a whole-class whiteboard meeting and gives two examples from a calculus-based introductory physics course taught using modeling instruction.  Students in one section were divided into six groups of 4-5 students each.  Each group created a solution to the same problem on a 2'x 3' whiteboard.  The groups then formed a large circle in the center of the classroom with their whiteboards resting against their knees facing in to the rest of the group.  The instructor was outside the circle and interjected rarely.  Examples are given of conversations where students overcome sharp initial disagreements to eventually reach whole-class consensus. The first example gives a more in-depth analysis of a previously discussed conversation, while the second example presents initial analysis of a new conversation.  Students are learning the epistemology of science by actively engaging in it every class.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

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Primary Contact: brant hinrichs
drury university