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Abstract Title: Social Positioning and Consensus Building in “Board” Meetings With Disagreements
Abstract: This poster describes a whole-class whiteboard meeting and analyzes several examples from a college calculus-based introductory physics course taught using modeling instruction.  One section was 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 did and did not overcome sharp disagreements to eventually reach whole-class consensus.  We examine how social positioning contributed to students either successfully examining and resolving different ideas or failing to do so.  That is, how students who "hedged" their statements seemed to "open up" the space for discussion, while those who were more direct seemed to "close" it down.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brant Hinrichs
Drury University
729 N. Drury Lane
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: (417) 873-6976
and Co-Presenter(s)
David T. Brookes
California State University, Chico

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