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Abstract Title: Investigating Peer Interactions of Physics Students Working on Computational Coding
Abstract: Video and voice data were recorded from two computational coding based labs done as part of an introductory modern physics course.  Three small cube cameras, a larger camera with microphone that could see the whole room, and four live scribe pens recording additional audio were used to record the activities. Several themes emerged from the videos. A major theme was how the time was spent (on task vs. off task, about physics vs. about computation, on general principles vs. solving a specific problem, working alone vs. together) and what caused students to transition between these different activities. Other major themes were the mood and engagement of students while working in these different areas and where/how patterns of communication were different from those seen for non-computational problem solving activities. We will present these findings and discuss their implications for peer communication and learning in introductory computational physics courses.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Zack Rowatt
Illinois State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Rebecca Rosenblatt, Raymond Zich

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