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Abstract Title: Applying the 5 five key elements of cooperative learning to create better working student teams
Abstract: Many introductory physics courses incorporate student in-class teamwork within lectures. Commonly these in-class activities range from Peer Instruction (polling with discussion) to more open-ended hands-on activities.  However, often student teams perform more like pick-up teams (assembled at random) rather than teams that practice working together well.  To create better working teams in introductory physics classes, we applied the five key elements of cooperative learning: Positive Interdependence, Individual Accountability, Face-to-Face Interaction, Interpersonal Skills, and Group Reflection to develop new types of in-class activities including brainstorming, team contracts, team roles, cooperative problem solving, and jigsaw activities. These strategies are also applied to other aspects of the course, including classroom design and classroom management techniques.  These techniques not only improve teamwork but also provide a more positive experience for students.  Although optimized for use in SCALE-UP classrooms, many of these techniques have been utilized in other introductory physics and astronomy class environments.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jeff Saul
Tiliadal STEM Education Solutions
12200 Academy Road NE, Apt 312
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Phone: 954-665-5373
and Co-Presenter(s)
Rebecca Lindell, Tiliadal STEM Education Solutions
Robert J. Beichner, North Carolina State University Dept. of Physics