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Abstract Title: Using Social Interdependence Theory to Understand Small Group Learning in Modeling Instruction
Abstract: Modeling Instruction is an approach to teaching physics that uses cooperative learning amongst students and requires students to engage in extensive discourse in the learning process. In this poster, we present preliminary findings of an analysis of small group interactions using the lens of Social Interdependence Theory (SIT), which focuses on the reciprocal relationships between students as they work together.  Positive social interdependence is associated to improved efforts to achieve, personal relationships, and psychological health/social competence.  The data collected includes pre-surveys of constructs related to SIT as well as observational data taken from students working in the Modeling Instruction classroom.  Our analysis focuses on understanding the features of socially interdependent relationships that support students' learning of physics topics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C73

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Miguel Rodriguez
Florida International University
Miami, FL Phone: 5612556184
and Co-Presenter(s)
Geoff Potvin, Florida International University