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Abstract Title: Do I Belong Here?:Understanding Participation and non-Participation in a Contentious “Board” Meeting
Abstract: In University Modeling Instruction, students work in small groups on a problem and then hold a large-group discussion to develop whole-class consensus. While such interactive-engagement can help students learn, evidence suggests not all students share the same experience or feel equally included. We developed a preliminary coding scheme based on Wegner's framework from "Communities of Practice", which identifies student modes of belonging through participation and non-participation. In this poster, we code and analyze reflective student writing assignments on a particularly contentious mid-semester large group discussion and individual end of the semester interviews with each student about the course structure itself. Using this lens, we identify students' varying perceptions of the large group discussion and how it influenced their participation. By developing a descriptive model of student engagement, we seek to develop a predictive model to inform professional development for instructors who teach in student centered classrooms.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B24

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jared Durden
Ozarks Technical Community College
1001 East Chestnut Expy
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: 4172073339
and Co-Presenter(s)
Brant Hinrichs